Downing Street, the British Premier's official London residence, has been the setting for a series of urgent Cabinet meetings since the Iraqi emergency started this week.
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CROWD IN DOWNING STREET.
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SANDYS AND MACLEOD LEAVE.
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Background: Downing Street, the British Premier's official London residence, has been the setting for a series of urgent Cabinet meetings since the Iraqi emergency started this week.
Mr. Dunoan Sandys, Defence Minister, and Mr. Macleod, the Minister of Labour, were present at one such meeting on Thursday, July 17th which lasted longer than was expected. The crowd gathered outside Number 10 saw the Ministers and advisers leave at about one o'clock in the afternoon.
Shortly afterwards the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Mr. Hugh Gaitskell, went to Downing Street for a twenty-five minute consultation with the Premier. He returned to the House of Commons where he had earlier discussed the latest developments in the Middle East with his colleagues in the Labour Party hierarchy.
Prior to the debate later in the evening, Sir Winston Churchill visited the Premier in his room and assured him of his intention to vote with the Government on a motion regarding the despatch of British troops to Jordan.
In the debate the Government had a majority of 63, with 314 votes for and 251 against it. These figures prove the solidarity of the Conservative Party members in the House for intervening in the Middle East.