A Word from the Trenches
TO NAVAL AND MILITARY VOTERS.
TO TRADE UNIONISTS.
A.W. Co., R.E., B.E.F., France, 14th July, 1918.
Dear Blizard, —
I have just seen by " Wandsworth Borough News " that you have been chosen to contest Wandsworth in the Labour interest. I heartily congratulate the Party and you. It is some 16 years now since I was Secretary of the first Trades' Council, and 12 years since I first contested the Springfield Ward in the Labour interest. I can assure you it gives one who, with many others, has tried to establish a Labour Party, great satisfaction to know that others are keeping the movement flourishing. In my opinion, the lads in France and elsewhere who are making sacrifices will, one of these days, demand that Freedom shall mean more than words. The country which we are defending to-day must be made a place where all shall have an opportunity to live a full life. Pleased to say I'm well, but longing for the war to finish.
— Best wishes, yours sincerely,
G. WYVER, Lance-Corporal.
Wandsworth Labour Party (Central Division).
192 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, S.W. 18, 17th July, 1918.
Dear WYVER, -
I was very glad to get your cheery letter, and am sure you must feel greatly encouraged to hear how the cause of Labour is progressing in Wandsworth. The old Borough is now divided into five divisions, and in each one we have a local organisation affiliated to the National Labour Party vigorously at work. Wandsworth Central, for which I am Prospective Candidate, has 27,000 voters on the list, 11,000 of whom are women. The Naval and Military voters on the Absent Voters' List, with the women and Trades Unionist workers in the industrial trenches at home can, if they make an effort, easily put their own candidate into Parliament, and also secure adequate representation on the Wandsworth Borough Council. That body is just as reactionary as ever, and labour must change its complexion. It has recently refused to put Mr. Stuart Bunning, of Wandsworth (Secretary of the Postmen's Federation), and one of our best known Trades Union Leaders, on the Local Food Control Committee, though the suggestion came direct from the Ministry of Food, which had experienced the value of his assistance in another direction. Then the Borough Council has petitioned against the Trades' Boards Bill now before Parliament, which is designed to facilitate the stamping out of sweating. The wages it pays some of its own employees are nothing to boast of, and recently it refused to arbitrate when an application for an advance was made, speedily climbing down, however, when faced by the threat of a strike.