HC Deb 13 November 1917 vol 99 cc348-9

I desire to make a personal explanation in regard to what I said in my speech this afternoon. I referred to the right hon. Member for Central Hackney as being a pacifist who had been repudiated by his constituents. That is an entire mistake, and I desire to express my extreme regret and my apologies to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Central Hackney, and also, to the House for having made a statement which was not correct. The fact of the matter is I was led into the confusion owing to the fact that Mr. C. R. Buxton had been adopted as a candidate for Central Hackney at the next election, and in consequence of his views upon the War he was repudiated, and asked to withdraw his candidature. As regards the present right hon. Gentleman the Member for Central Hackney, I wish to say as strongly as I can that he is not a pacifist, and that he has not been in any way repudiated or censured by his constituents. I repeat my regret to the right hon. Gentleman and to the House that I made that mistake.

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