Page 7, 2nd November 1951

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Catholics in Commons

(Continued from page 1) St. John-Stevas. standing as a Conservative in the impregnable Labour stronghold of Dagenham, Essex, polled 14.112 votes but was beaten by one of the largest majorities 30,796.

Mr. Philip Ingress Bell unseated the Labour candidate at East Bolton by turning a Conservative deficit of 3,709 at the last election into a majority of 355, polling nearly 6.000 more votes than the previous Conservative candidate. An old Stonyburst boy, he is now a barrister.

The other Catholic Conservative who won a Labour seat, Mr. Anthony Fell, added more than 4.000 to his party's poll at Yarmouth and turned a Labour majority of 1,162 into a deficit of 1,025. Mr. Fell. a former sheep farmer and now an engineer, previously stood unsuccessfully at Brigg and twice in South Hammersmith.


In Northern Ireland the AntiPartitionist, Mr. Cahir Healy, retained his seat with an increased majority. In Bolton the AntiPartitionist, Mr. H. McHugh, also a Catholic, secured only 1,340 votes out of more than 50,000 cast in a three-cornered contest.

In a three-cornered fight at Stepney, Mr. W. J. Edwards, Civil Lord of the Admiralty in the Labour Government -the first man to go from the lower deck to the House of Commons-increased his majority by more than 1,000 and had one of the biggest in the country: 28,263. His Communist opponent. bottom of the poll lost his deposit.

Two of the six old boys of Downside standing' in the election were returned-Mr. Richard Stokes. former Lord Privy Seal and Minister of Materials. and Col. Crosthwaite-Eyre for the Conservatives at New Forest.

In the marginal seat of Ipswich it was thought that Mr. Stokes might have difficulty in getting back. In fact he had a majority of more than 4.000.

A third candidate from Downside, Mr. J. A. H. Crean (Con.) reduced the Labour majority in Nottingham Central from 1,750 to 139.

A recent convert. Mr. Richard Jon Harvey (Con.), polled 15.420 votes in East Woolwich, which returned Mr. Christopher Mayhew, a former Foreign Under-Secretary.


A Bradford Catholic school master, Mr. C. E. Kirwin (Con.). did not succeed in South-East Leeds though he increased the party's poll by more than 1,000.

Wing-Commander Robert GrantFerris, a former Conservative M.P. for Tottenham, increased the Conservative poll in Central Wandsworth by more than 2.000 but lost to a majority of 1,183.

All the nine former Labour and Conservative M.P.s named by Bishop Beck, chairman of the Hierarchy's Action Committee for the schools, as outstanding supporters of Catholic schools, were returned. One of them, Mr. Leslie Lever (Lab.), was opposed by a Catholic at Ardwick. Another. Mr. E. Shackleton, formerly Mr. Herbert

orrison's Parliamentary Private Secretary, got back in Preston South with the smallest majority of the election 16.

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