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KEEN INTEREST IN CHURCHILL'S ROLE

OPPOSITION LEADER

Took Government Defeat Philosophically N.Z.P.A. Special Correspondent Rec. 10.30 a.m. LONDON, July 30. Much interest is being taken in Mr. Churchill's role in the new House of Commons. It is believed he will fill a definite place as Leader of the Opposition, although he may leave much of the work to Mr. Eden. At any rate he is not likely to seek retirement. Little has been heard of him by the public since the results of the election were announced and he went to Buckingham Palace to see the King on his resignation. With Mrs. Churchill he spent the week-end at Chequers, the country residence of the Prime Minister, and is returning to-day to prepare for moving from No. 10, Downing Street. Mr. and Mrs. Attlee assured Mr. and Mrs. Churchill that they were in no great hurry to move into Downing Street from their home at Stanmore and that they were to take their time in finding a new London home. Various reports have indicated that Mr. and Mrs. Churchill will stay for a time at Claridge's Hotel, but another report states that they will take up residence in a house belonging to their son-in-law, Mr. Duncan Sandys, in Westminster Gardens, since Mr. Sandys and' his wife have obtained another flat nearby. There is also the suggestion that Walmer Castle, in Deal, Kent, which is the famous residence of the Lord Wardens of Cinque Ports, sea ports of South-east England, possessing a special history, may be the future home of the Churchills.

Joked Over Election Results Mr. Churchill was appointed Lord Warden of Cinque Ports by the King in 1941. It is thought likely that Mr. Churchill's parting act at No. 10, Downing Street, will be to sign a photograph of himself and leave it behind as a souvenir for Mr. Attlee, thus maintaining the tradition followed by Britain's Prime Minis 1 ters since Robert Walpole autographed an engraving of himself at the close of his Premiership in 1742.

Mr. Churchill is reported to have taken the defeat of his Government very philosophically and he is said to be in excellent health. It is stated that he worked until the small hours of the morning of Thursday. Going to bed shortly after 2 a.m., he woke at eight o'clock to read the morning newspapers at breakfast, and at 10 a.m., puffing a cigar, he went into a specially prepared map room to read the results of the election. He joked over the early results and . became philosophic when it was obvious that his Government had been defeated. He went to eat his lunch alone, but his wife joined him before he had finished. Returning to the map room, he broke his regular afternoon habit of a short sleep and when there was no doubt of the result decided to resign immediately. There were telephone calls between Buckingham Palace and the Cabinet office, and he. drove to see the King at, / p.m., remaining with His Majesty for 25 minutes. Farewell to Colleagues On the following day Mr. Churchill presided over a meeting of his old Cabinet colleagues, bade them a formal farewell and then attended a cocktail party given by senior members of his defence secretariat. One report states that the former Prime Minister intends to return to the kind of life he lived before the war, when he combined heavy literary work with regular attendance at the House of Commons. He is expected to take a rest in the countrv during the Parliamentary recess and then to start work on his memoirs. He is holding no inquest on the election campaign. Publicitv batteries are now focussed on Mr. Attlee and his Ministers, also on Mrs. Attlee, about whom very little is known to the public. But though the man-in-the-street may hear less about Mr. Churchill temporarily there is a widespread feeling for "Winnie" in his defeat and a deep well of goodwill.

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KEEN INTEREST IN CHURCHILL'S ROLE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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KEEN INTEREST IN CHURCHILL'S ROLE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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