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COMMONS MOTION

ADDRESS TO THE KING

Congratulations On Gaining Complete Victory Rec. 2.30 p.m. LONDON, Aug. 15, When the House of Commons remet after the service at Saint Margaret's, Mr. Attlee moved an address of congratulations to His Majesty on the achievement of final victory over our enemies. When the address of congratulations to His Majesty was moved after the victory in the European war, said Mr. Attlee, few members of the House of Commons thought the end of the Japanese war would be so soon, or envisaged the changed conditions under which the present motion would be brought forward. "We have had a change of Government, but midst the change there are things which remain unaltered. Among them are the loyalty arid devotion of this House to His Majesty. I believe the peaceful transfer of power from one political party to another was carried out so smoothly and with such acceptance that it has been a valuable demonstration to the world of the working of real democracy." Symbol of Unity Mr. Attlee said that Mr. Churchill, speaking three months ago, with an eloquence that he (Mr. Attlee) could not emulate, drew a picture of His Majesty as the symbol of unity of the British Commonwealth and Empire. "His Majesty and his gracious consort the Queen have shared our anxieties, tribulations and suffering during the war. The shadow of bereavement has fallen on them as it has fallen on the homes of the people.

"Throughout they have set an example of devotion never to be forgotten which has strengthened the bond uniting them to their people. However well and skilfully constitutions may be framed, they depend in the last resort on the willingness of human beings to make them work. Our British constitution works because the people understand it, and know by long experience how to operate it.

"Constitutional Monarchy depends for its success to a great extent on the understanding heart of the Monarch. We in this country are blessed with a Monarch who, as Mr. Churchill said, combines the intense love of country and of all his peoples with a thorough comprehension of Parliamentary and democratic constitution." ,' Mr. Churchill Seconds Mr. Churchill, seconding the resolution, said: "Once again the British Commonwealth and Empire emerges safe, undiminished and united from mortal struggle. The monstrous tyrannies which menaced our life are beaten to the ground in ruin, and a brighter radiance illumines the Imperial Crown than any which our annals record. "The King is the embodiment of the national will. His public acts involve all the might and power not only of the people of this famous island but of all the British Commonwealth and Empire. The good cause to which His Majesty contended demanded the ardent effort of his subjects spread over a fifth of the surface of the habitable globe. The cause is now carried to complete success. Total war has ended in absolute victory."

After the leaders of the Liberal and Liberal National parties had supported the resolution it was carried.

The House of Lords passed a similar resolution.

FIRM FRIENDSHIP

CHINA AND SOVIET UNION Rec. 2.30 p.m. MOSCOW, Aug. 15. The Chinese Prime Minister, Dr. T. V. Soong, left for Washington by air. He declared at the airfield that relations between China and Russia were firm and amicable. Moscow radio announced that a treaty of friendship and alliance was signed between Russia and China.

RED AIR FORCE

WAR RECORD REVEALED Rec. 2.30 p.m. MOSCOW, Aug. 15. Marshal of the Red Air Force Grigory Vorozheykin revealed that Russian planes during the RussoGerman war made 3,000,000 combat flights and destroyed 60,000 planes in the air and on the ground.

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COMMONS MOTION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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COMMONS MOTION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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