A crowded meeting, held at the Royal Hippodrome in Belfast the night before, pledged full support for the three Communist candidates in Northern Ireland’s parliamentary election, the News Letter reported.
“We firmly believe,” said the resolution, “that a monopoly of representation by the official Unionist party in Stormont would pose the most serious threat to the future and well-being of Northern Ireland and all of it. classes and beliefs. ”
The resolution continued: “We see the return of a strong team of Communist, Labor and Progressive candidates. [as] the safeguard of the interests of the people opposed to the vested interests of the privileged group represented by the official Unionist Party.
Mr. TA Jackson, a visitor from Britain, said the regime which “dominated” Stormont began when “reactionaries in Ireland feared the growing solidarity of the Irish united under Protestant leadership”.
He added: “Whether or not the border remains, workers will always fight for work, homes and safety. “
Miss Betty Sinclair, the Communist candidate for Cromac, said there was no border when it came to making a profit, and “it would not be allowed to interfere with the demand for better living conditions” .
Mr. Robert Stewart, a prominent British Communist, also addressed the meeting.
In a call for the constitution of an election fund, with £ 1,000 as a ‘target’, Mr WH McCullough, candidate for Bloomfield, said that ‘if there had been a unity of all the Labor-Communist candidates- Communists, there could be no doubt about the outcome ”.
Admission to the meeting was 6d and the collection was £ 260.
Meanwhile, Mr Malcolm W Patrick, the Unionist candidate for Bannside, had continued his campaign with enthusiastic meetings in Cullybackey and Portglenone where he reiterated his intention, if he returned, to “devote all the time” to his disposal. “To the interests of agriculture. community”.
Votes of confidence in Mr. Patrick were passed and the Assemblies pledged their full support.
Addressing a meeting at Rasharkin Orange Hall, MAJ Gillespie, the independent Unionist candidate, said he was determined if he was elected to “defend union with Britain”.
He added: “The fact that the government has reduced the flax acreage subsidy is the end of the problem and if they are not stopped, the farmer will find himself in the unfortunate situation he was in before 1938. ”