LABOUR PARTY. INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT
SPAIN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
The Annual Conference of the Party held at Bournemouth instructed the National Executive to undertake a nation-wide campaign forthwith to compel the Government to abandon the Non-intervention Agreement and to restore to the elected and constitutional Government of Spain its freedom to purchase arms.
The National Executive Committee have already taken steps to organise an intensive campaign of Demonstrations and Collections between now and Christmas. A Spain Campaign Committee, responsible to the National Executive, has been constituted, and is composed of
Sir Stafford Cripps, M.P., Joseph Henderson, M.P., Stanley Hirst, James Walker, M.P., Ellen Wilkinson, M.P., with George Dallas as Chairman. This Committee has the authority to co-opt other members of the Party who are able and willing to give the Committee the benefit of their advice and co-operation. The following have accepted the invitation to join the Committee
We appeal to all the members of the Party for their active and enthusiastic co-operation in this Campaign.
Winter is upon us. It has been said: "So far, nothing is lost and nothing is won in Spain". Republican Spain is getting ready to spend its second winter in the trenches. The People's Army now exists. Again and again its courage has been proved on many battle-fronts.
But Republican Spain is not merely confronted with enemies within. It has now been placed on the records of the Assembly of the League of Nations that there are foreign army corps in Spain. Our Spanish friends have to defend their freedom on the field of battle against the men and resources of Hitler and Mussolini. The war in Spain is an international war.
The duty which is imposed upon us is an international Socialist duty. We owe it to those who fight and to those who suffer in Spain not to be guilty of moral desertion, but to testify to our faith in them and in their Cause on every possible opportunity. We are not neutrals in this conflict. We have never been neutrals; we never will be neutrals; we cannot be neutrals.
We fervently desire the victory of the Spanish Republicans, who are giving their lives to defend Democracy in Spain. If Spain is lost to Democracy, Hitler and Mussolini will be able to inscribe on their blood-stained banners the name of yet another people whose only crime is their love of freedom.
We have a political obligation to renew and intensify our agitation against the restrictions which are imposed on the Spanish Government in the purchase of the weapons indispensable for victory.