GREAT BRITAIN: Housekeeper for a Crusade

Clem Attlee was gone, and in the chair as deputy leader glumly sat the usually perky, 67-year-old Herbert Morrison. All his life he had worked to occupy that chair in his own right, as leader of the Labor Party. Last week his mouth was set as he directed the reading of the ballots.

As the Labor M.P.s listened in tense silence, the teller read out: "There voted for Mr. Hugh Gaitskell, 157; Mr. Aneurin Bevan, 70." In third place, with a humiliating 40 votes, was old Herbert Morrison, who only two years ago was recognized as Attlee's likely successor.

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