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COMMONS "REUNION" Friends Greet Churchill With Musical Honours N.Z. Press Association—Copvright Rec. 12.30 p.m. LONDON," Aug. 1. Old Conservatives were conspicuous searching for rare, familiar faces in the crowd when members of the House of Commons gathered to-day for the first meeting of the new Parliament. "\Vhen they recognised one they hurried forward with outstretched hand and- always the same greeting, "Congratulations old man on getting back." It was a cheerful meeting, with many handshakes and congratulations. There was little formal dress, lounge suits predominated and sports jackets were not infrequent among the new members. Laughter broke out when the veteran Labour member, Mr. G. Buchanan, Glasgow, hurried into the House and was about to take his seat on the Opposition side before he. realised his mistake. Mr. Churchill was cheered by the Conservatives, who sang, "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." The veteran Labour member, Mr. George Griffiths, Hemsworth, in a counter demonstration started Government members singing The Red Flag. This, too, was received with a round of cheers. On the motion of Mr. Neil MacLean (Lab.) Colonel Clifton Brown was unanimously re-elected Speaker.

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COUNTER CHEERS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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COUNTER CHEERS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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