Tory M.P.'s shd. not accept Nequib's hospitality while he is abusing us.
They shd. be restrained. The other side can go – they are v. this country anyhow except when in office. Play it quietly.
W'house Mtg. last night – suggested measures stronger than argument e.g. spkg. in country, writing to Press, etc., This is rumour : but partly confirmed by what W. said to me this a.m. W. believes this is "not v. the Govt." Only 1 of them at mtg. suggested taking motion off Paper. Possibility of their voting v. Govt., if opportunity arises, is crystallising. They wd. have abstained last night, if there had bn a Division.
The mtg. for "expln." was a flop.
They don't want to understand.
4 or 5 of our side intendg. to go to Egypt.
They shd. be told by Ch. Whip, on my behalf, they shd. not accept N.'s hospitality. They cd. go at their own expense.
Right if we can stop them all. Don't try & fail.
Boothby wants to go : shall tell him he can go alone at own expense i.e. not with the gang.
Prospect wh. I don't like is : agreemt., then phased w'drawal under E. sneers. Want a positive plan of re-deployment, regardless of E. views.
1724 Cairo. indicates E. have a plan to make diffies. for us before end of year – e.g. non-aggression pact with R., or attacks on us in Zone. The first wd. give them neutrality posn., in wh. they wd. say tht. wasn't open to them to conclude agreemt. contemplatg our return in a war with R. 3rd. poss. is measures v. B. subjects in E. If they did that, we shd. bring talks to an end & stand on '36 Treaty. They may intend this merely to make U.S. flesh creep. M'while we take no fresh initiative.
Taken from C.C. 80(53) - Meeting held on 18 December 1953.