Foreign News: Above Decks

When Parliament next reassembles, the dockers, garmentworkers and munition makers of Whitechapel, in London's squalid East End, will be represented in the House of Commons by Petty Officer Walter James Edwards, stoker in the Royal Navy's mine sweeper H.M.S. Speedwell.

In an uncontested by-election last week Stoker Edwards, former dockers' union leader and ardent piano thumper, won his seat. Next day he returned to active duty .at sea. Cracked his constituents: "01' Walt'll build some fires under them White hall toffs."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!