21 Aug 36
A letter has come from Dr. Brook to Sir Walter Citrine at Wembley, saying they have now completed their arrangements for the departure of the ambulance unit at 8.20 p.m. from Victoria Station on Sunday next. Members of the unit, Committee and other friends are meeting at the Trade Union Club at 7 p.m. They will leave the Club at 7.15 and proceed by motor vehicle to the Station. They wanted Sir Walter, as General Secretary of the T.U.C., to say a few words of farewell to the unit at the station and meet them at the Club to accompany the unit to the Station. If he was unable to be present, would he nominate a deputy.
In to-day's "Daily Worker" it says that the meeting in Hyde Park is being made an hour earlier so that the meeting can march to the station to see the ambulance unit off, afterwards they will proceed to Transport House to see members of the National Council of Labour.
Sir Walter is in Paris at the I.F.T.U. and I told him this on the telephone. He said Mr. Findlay and Mr. Middleton should be informed of the letter. He thinks Dr. Morgan should tell Dr. Brook that what he is doing is most embarrassing to us and the whole thing looks like a manoeuvre to get us in joint working with the Communists. [He thinks also] Will Dr. Morgan [should] tell Dr. Brook that Sir Walter is in Paris.
He said Dr. Brook should be asked who is to attend the function at the Trade Union Club. If the answer is satisfactory, he thought we might draw a distinction between the Trade Union Club and the Station, in which case Mr. Middleton or Mr. Findlay might care to speak at the Trade Union Club. He thought no procession through the streets was necessary and the T.U.C. could not be towed at the end of a procession of that sort.
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