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T. C. Morris Candidate for Reading, RHONDDA SOCIALIST TO CONTEST SEAT. At a specially summoned meeting of the mem- bers of the Reading No. 2 Branch of the a. tional Union of Railwaymen held on Friday, May 3rd, Mr. T. C. Morris, executive member of the N.r .H. was unanimously and with enthu- siasm nominated as Parliamentary Candidate in the Labour interest for Reading at the next General Flection. The name has been sent on to the local Labour Party which meets on the 15th for the purpose of selecting the candidate. Up to the present there is only one other nomi- nation. It was only as the result of strong pres- sure that Mr. Morris agreed to allow his name to go forward. He has already been approached for a constituency in the West of England, and also in Wales. The situation was weighed very carefully before coming to a decision, and having regard to the complexion of the constituencies, Reading was better favoured. There are 28 Trades Union branches in Reading, of which the railwaymen claim between 2,000 to 3,000, being a Large railway centre, General Workers 6,000, and the Co-operative Society with upwards of 11,000 members mostly representative of labour, to- gether with active branches of the I.L.P. and B.S.P. A few years ago when the present Lord Heading was elevated to a paid position in the Government a bye-election was fought by the R.8.P. when Mr. Butler, of the Government Workers, made a very good fight. Huntley and Palmer's biscuit works are situated in Reading and employ a large number. There is every prospect- of the seat being won for Labour and the railwaymen are taking the matter up quite in earnest and are circularising the whole of the Trade Union branches on behalf of Mr. Morris. He occupies several important positions in the Labour and Socialist Movement and has done much to build up the political and industrial side of the Labour Movement in South Wales. He has the heartiest of good wishes for success from his comrades in the movement. Out of 49 nomi- nees in the recent parl iamentary ballot for two candidates in the N.U .R. he came out tenth on the list. This, considering that it covered the whole of the United Kingdom and was the first time of asking, is one that deserves credit.

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