TWENTY-THREE Catholics are members of the new House of Commons—one more than in the last Parliament. Fifteen are Labour M.P.s, six are Conservatives, one is an Irish Republican and one an Anti-Partitionist.
Thirty-two Catholic candidates were unsuccessful.
All the Catholic members of the last House of Commons were re-elected with the exception of Mr. John Maude, K.C., who did not stand.
There are three nee names — Mr. Anthony Fell, who won Yarmouth for the Conservatives, Mr. Philip Ingress Bell, an old Stonyhurst boy who won East Bolton also for the Conservatives. and Mr. Michael O'Neill, who stood as an Irish Republican and succeeded another Catholic. Mr. Mulvey. in Mid Ulster. Catholic candidates were opposed in two constituencies, Nottingham North-West and Wallsend.
In Nottingham Mr. Tom O'Brien (Lab.), 51 year-old general secretary of the National Association of Theatrical and Kine Employees and a member of the T.U.C. General Council, retained his seat with a majority of 15.044 over Mr. Tom Gardner (Con.).
At Wallsend, Mr. John McKay, a former miner. kept his seat in a straight fight with a majority of 10,579 over Mr. G. C. Crangle, who was standing as a candidate for the first time.
There were four Catholic women candidates. Mrs. Alice Cullen, mother of three daughters, a Glasgow magistrate and member of the Town Council. increased her majority at Gorbals against a Conservative and a Communist.
Miss Dodo Lees — who won the Croix de Guerre for her services with the French Maquis behind the enemy lines — increased Labour's poll at Lancaster by well over 2.000 but lost to Brig. Fitzroy Maclean.
Lady Abrahams— the only Catholic candidate standing as a Liberal — lost her deposit in Nottingham East.
Mrs. Margaret Reid (Lab.) a school teacher, standing for the first time, lost to the Conservative at Arundel and Shoreham.
Mr. R. P. Walsh. Editor of the Catholic Worker, also standing for the first time, increased Labour's poll by more than 2.000 at Northwich. Cheshire, but lost to a majority of 7,075.
Mr. John Tiernan, a Conservative trade unionist employed on the Metropolitan Cathedral site in Liverpool, lost to Mrs. Braddock. This is the third time Mrs. Braddock has beaten a Catholic opponent. Against a Catholic employer, Sir John Reynolds. she had a majority of 5,342. Against a Catholic trade unionist the majority was 6,835.
Catholics were the oldest and the youngest candidates in the election.
Mr. David Logan—soon to celebrate his 80th birthday—retained the Scotland division of Liverpool, T. P. O'Connor'a old seat, with a majority increased by more than 2,000.
The youngest, 22-year-old Mr. N.
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