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Foreign News: Sir Oswald & Co.

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“Back home! Back home!” shouted Laborites loudly in the House of Commons last week. They were jeering terrier-like Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, who rose from their ranks and strode defiantly across to the Opposition benches. Close behind him was the whip of his New Party, Dr. Robert Forgan.

They tried and tried to find a place to sit down, but no Conservatives moved over to grant them space. Finally they came to rest on the Tories’ rearmost benches.

Prime tenet of Sir Oswald’s small but diligent New Party is opposition to the Labor Government’s handling of the unemployment situation. Almost as soon as he found a seat he made a barking speech against Scot MacDonald’s bill for amending the unemployment insurance laws, his first since he resigned from the Labor Party (TIME, March 9). Presently he was joined by the other three members of his Party in the House: his beauteous wife Lady Cynthia, Evelyn John St. Loe Strachey and William Edward David Allen.

The “back home!” cry was reference to Sir Oswald’s origin in the House as a Conservative from Harrow, Middlesex. That he was not “back home” was demonstrated not only by the unwillingness of the Conservatives and Liberals of His Majesty’s Opposition to yield him a place, but by their voting so wholeheartedly for the bill he opposed that it passed on the second reading.

Sir Oswald’s only rival for the title “Britain’s Hitler,” Commander Oliver Stillingfleet Locker-Lampson (TIME, July 8), head of the Blue Shirts, did not cross the floor to the Conservative benches with Sir Oswald. He did not have to.

A stanch Conservative, he has always been there.

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