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FORMING NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. London, May 19. . The High Commissioner reports:— Mr Asquitb, in the House of Cominonsi, announced a Coalition Government. Nothing is definitely arranged, but three things are clear: the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary are unchanged, the war policy is un.. charjged, and prosecution of tbe war will continue with all energy and with every resolution.

The coalition is for war purposes only, and will not affect party politics afterwards. Mr Bonar Law's appoint ment is confirmed. MR ASQUITH'S WAR CABINET, LONDON, May 19. Mr Asquith, in the House of Commons, said he was contemplating the reconstruction of the Government on a broader personel and po'itical basi". The change would not nffect the Premiership, the Foreign Office, or the Government's war policy.

Mr Asquith added that any reconstruction of tho Government wa3 for the purpose of the war alone, and must not be taken a3 m> dicating anything in the nature of surrender or compromise of anybody's political pur' poses or ideals. ■

Mr Bonar Law said that the Opposition's sole consideration was the finishing of the war. They would leave out of their minds all other considerations, political or other' wise.

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UNITED PARTIES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 21 May 1915

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UNITED PARTIES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 21 May 1915

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