Churchill appoints Cabinet

LONDON, Oct. 27, 1951 (UP) -- Prime Minister Winston Churchill named Anthony Eden, his trusted deputy and heir apparent, to the post of foreign secretary today. Churchill pulled a surprise by naming himself minister of defense -- the same dual responsibility he held during the war.

On his first day in office, he moved swiftly to fill all the top jobs in the new Conservative government.


R. A. Butler, one of the party's top economic experts, was named chancellor of the exchequer, charged with trying to get Britain out of her economic crisis.

Other appointment were:

Lord President of the Council -- Lord Woolton, chairman of the Conservative party and wartime minister of food and reconstruction.

Lord Privy Seal -- The Marquis of Salisbury.

Home Secretary -- Sir D a v i d Maxwell-Fyfe.

Minister for Commonwealth Relations -- Gen. Lord Ismay.

Minister of Labor and National Service -- Sir Walter Monckton.

Colonial Secretary--Oliver Lyttleton.

The announcement from No. 10 Downing Street said Eden would serve not only as foreign secretary but also as deputy prime minister and leader of the House of Commons. Another cabinet minister will be named assistant leader of the house.


The Marquis of Salisbury will be Conservative leader in the House of Lords.

Lord Woolton, as lord president of the council, will be responsible for policy with regard to food and agriculture.

The members of the new cabinet went to Buckingham Palace this afternoon where their appointments were approved by the Privy Council. They received their seals of office and kissed the hand of the king in a traditional ceremony.

The full cabinet was expected to be completed next week.

Churchill was expected to announce a series of bold moves intended to win economic recovery for Britain and peace for the world. Churchill was expected to announce a series of bold moves intended to win economic recovery for Britain and peace for the world.

A British move for a Truman-Stalin-Churchill conference was believed just around the corner.

Mr. Truman, it was said, would be receptive to any suggestions Churchill might make to take the fever out of the cold war. But he was reported to believe at the same time that a failure of a Big Three meeting to solve major world problems would be more damaging than if a meeting were not held.

Churchill is expected to move back into 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence, some time late next week.


The opposition Labor Party at the same time found itself hopelessly divided in a struggle for power between moderate Socialist Clement R. Atlee, who resigned Friday night after six years as prime minister, and American-baiting Aneurin Bevan.

The Daily Herald, organ of the Labor Party, shattered the election honeymoon of the two factions today.

It charged that Bevan's resignation from the Labor government to lead the party's rebellious left wing had wrecked Socialist chances for victory.

Retorted Bevan:

"I am particularly pleased with the success of the Socialist candidates in those divisions in which I spoke during the election campaign."

Additional returns today gave the Conservatives one more seat in the Orkney and Shetland Islands, making the sxtandijngs with 622 districts reported:

Conservatives 320, Labor 294, Liberals 6 and Irish Nationalists 2.

That gave the Conservatives a majority of 18 seats with one more district still to report some time today. A second district will report Monday and a third will not vote until Nov. 8 because of the death of a candidate.

Of the five districts still to report, two voted last year as Conservative, two Labor and one Liberal. If they follow this same pattern in the current election, it would reduce the Conservative majority to 17.


However, Churchill already has indicated he may invite the Liberals to join the Conservatives in a national government. That would boost the government majority to 29.

Moreover, the two Irish Nationalist members traditionally refuse to take their seats in commons as a protest against the division of Northern and Southern Ireland, and this would up Churchill's working majority to a maximum of 31.

Although the Conservatives licked the Labor party in the race for seats in commons, they failed to get as large a popular vote. The Labor party so far has polled 13,898,203 votes, 254,616 more than the Tories. This was because Labor drew its main support from thickly settled cities, whereas the Conservatives were strongly supported in rural areas.

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