HC Deb 07 February 1957 vol 564 cc608-9
46. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the full text of his recent speech to the representatives of the United States Press in London.

The Prime Minister

I have not made any speech recently to representatives of the United States Press in London.

Mr. Thomson

Can the Prime Minister, therefore, deny the story that appeared in an article in the British Press that he told American correspondents that he considered himself practically a Socialist?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir, but I am slightly amused by the fact that during the early part of my life I was accused of leaning too much to the Left. I have seen recently accusations that I have leaned to the Right. I propose, as I have always, to follow the middle way.

Mr. H. Wilson

Will not the Prime Minister, in our interest if not in his, utterly repudiate this suggestion?

The Prime Minister

I understand from recent events that hon. and right hon. Members opposite are anxious to get allies from wherever they can.