Churchill encourages trade unionists to "rise above narrow party politics and serve the good of their colleagues who share in their heritage of this great British movement"
TLS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” two pages, 7.5 x 9.5, Chartwell letterhead, October 9, 1950. Letter concerning trade unions, in full: "I have the most lively and pleasant memories of last year's meeting of Conservative trade unionists at Londonderry House, which I was privileged to attend and address, and I am most sorry that I cannot be with you this year, owing to my absence from the country.
Today there is a growing body of trade unionists who are becoming less satisfied with the doctrinaire approach of the Socialist Party to industrial problems. They have watched, and are watching, theories of nationalisation being worked out in practice, and they view the results with grave misgivings.
Conservative trade unionists have a special responsibility and a duty at this time to take a lead in fighting the evil forces which threaten to disrupt not only their unions but their country. I hope, therefore, that all Conservative trade unionists will be active in attending meetings of their branches and lodges and in supporting the election to office of those who are good trade unionists, irrespective of party creed or faction. Above all, I hope they will not hesitate to stand for union office themselves, and that if elected they will rise above narrow party politics and serve the good of their colleagues who share in their heritage of this great British movement." In fine condition, with a file hole, and some minor staining, to the upper left corners.
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