Foreign News: Showdown

In the Grand Committee Room of Westminster, Britain's Parliamentary Labor Party faced up to the question that it had so long evaded: What is to be done about the Bevanites? Fears of a party split that would jeopardize Labor's chances in the next British election hung heavy in the air, but to Clement Attlee, back from a squally powwow with Europe's splintery Socialists, the time seemed ripe for a showdown.

Flicking out his words like whisks of a schoolmaster's cane. Attlee moved what amounted to an either-or ultimatum to the Bevanites: disband and shut up, or get out of the Labor Party....

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