REPORT OF JOINT MEETING BETWEEN THE GENERAL COUNCIL AND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES OF THE LABOUR PARTY AND THE PARLIAMENTARY LABOUR PARTY, HELD AT THE ROYAL HOTEL, PLYMOUTH, ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, 1936, AT 8 P.M.
The Chairman (Mrs. Adamson) stated that arising out of the last meeting, it was decided to send a delegation to Paris, in order to discover the feeling there with regard to the Spanish situation. The delegation consisted of Mr. G. Hicks, M.P., Dr. Hugh Dalton, M.P., and Mr. W. Gillies, (secretary, International Department, Labour Party).
Mr. Hicks then put the report of the delegation before the meeting.
Arising from the report, Mr. Clynes asked for further information on the statement as to the future of the French Government being certain. Dr. Dalton, replying, stated that the majority of the present Chamber was based upon four parties, and if those of the Right and Centre joined forces the Government would be in a minority.
In reply to a question, Mr. Hicks said it had been reported to them that the Tories had tried to get rid of M. Blum, and for that purpose they had had a meeting of representatives of the Right Wing and Radical parties. He went on to say that when the delegation had met Mr. De Los Rios, the latter had told them that there were Catholics and priests who had written in the papers in Spain, and were supporting the Spanish Government. He went on to say that Jouhaux seemed to be a good deal under communist influence, and had been meeting the C.G.T., and been responsible for giving such a declaration as mentioned in a statement previously read by sir Walter Citrine. They now asked the Government to change its policy from non-intervention to one of neutrality.