The Cairo Forces Parliament

Davidson, Bill
December 1990
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter90, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p20
Academic Journal
This article recounts the Cairo Forces Parliament, a significant event in Great Britain's labor history. This is an event when World War II civilian soldiers exercised their right to educate and prepare themselves for a democratic and participative post-war Great Britain. In the 1940's many thousands of British and other servicemen passed through the Middle East and virtually all of them, at one period or another, spent some time in Cairo. Cairo was the most popular leave center in the region. In addition, several thousand servicemen were more or less permanent residents, employed at two large headquarter establishments in Cairo itself, and a number of base establishments of various kinds, like the RAF base at Heliopolis, in the environs and within easy access of the city. With the Parliament banned, the focal point of interest had disappeared. On July 5, 1945, the British people experienced their first general election for ten years. Virtually all the members of the Music for All Parliament and their wartime service colleagues were voting for the first time. Notwithstanding Churchill's tremendous record as a great and respected war leader. Labor had won by a landslide


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