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Tory Labour Agreement Admitted

From Our Political Correspondent

On the very day that the Government's total opposition to the Catholic schools solution was revealed in the Catholic Press the Conservative Party made it known that they, too, reject outright the Bishops' proposals.

" Conservatives will strongly oppose," it said, " any attempt to upset the compromise embodied in the 1944Act."

The two statements appearing together are striking evidence of the way in which the behind-the-scenes agreement between the Labour and Conservative parties has emboldened the leaders of both parties not only to reject buf to oppose all Catholic claims in the sphere of education.

The existence of that agreement, whose purpose is to frustrate the democratic demands of Catholics, was publicly admitted for the first time by the Conservative leader, Mr. R. A. Butler, former Minister of Education. recently.

He is reported by the Nonconformist British Weekly as having discussed it at the annual meeting of the British and Foreign Schools Society,

" Mr. Butlea" said the report, " who is the nistoric Nonconformist School-foundations president, declared at the meeting (we hear from one who was present) that he and Mr. Tomlinson, now in office as Minister of Education, have agreed on resisting the Roman Catholic proposals. So it would seem that there is no hope for them either in the Labour Government or in any likely successors."

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