In the U.S., custom decrees that freshmen Congressmen during their first months in office are better seen than heard. Neophyte British M.P.s, on the other hand, are expected to create something of a stir when they rise to make their maiden speech in Parliament. Last week 34-year-old Ron Ledger, newly elected Labor Member for Romford, devoted his maiden speech to a plea for more free nurseries. To give his argument force, he told the story of a certain renegade father and of a mother, pregnant and destitute, who was forced to abandon her three children to the care of...

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