219R. J. Dugdale to Harrod, 16 October 1931 [a]

Dugdale [1] asks Harrod if he could give a speech on Thursday. [2]

  1. 1. John Dugdale was the Private Secretary to C. R. Attlee; Harrod had been his tutor.

    2. Being exasperated by the political situation (see letter 217 R, [jump to page] ) and in view of the forthcoming general election, Harrod decided to address meetings on behalf of Labour candidates where no Liberal candidate was contesting the seat. In a further letter, Dugdale explained the political situation of his constituency and asked whether Harrod was still a Liberal or whether he he definiteley went over to Labour (18 October 1931, in HPBL Add. 71190/178). Another letter regarding the help Harrod was going to give to Dugdale was sent by an unidentified correspondent (in HPBL Add. 71190/179).

    G. D. H. Cole later recommended the Labour headquarters to inform constituencies that Harrod was willing to act that way: see letter 220 .

    1. a. Telegram from 29 New Walk, Leicester, in HPBL Add. 71190/177.


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