Resignation of Government

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Resignation of Government

P.M.

Have decided to resign – audience this p.m. at 4.30. Will be announced by B.B.C. at 6 p.m. It is in Sovereign's discretion to decide for whom She sends. This involves resign. of Adminn. All Ministers shd. regard offices at disposal of my successor : but carry on m'while. Will so inform Ministers of Cab. rank at 5.30 p.m. Am writing to junior Ministers. Remains thank colleagues for forbearance & wish luck in diff., but hopeful, sitn. they face. Gratitude to N.B.

A.E.

Colleagues asked me to speak for them all. Wd. be embarrassing for all to speak. Sense abiding affectn. & esteem – & pride & privilege being your colleague. For me 16 yrs : others shorter : for all, affection is same. Example you have shown us – if we do less well because we have failed learn Magn'm. – courage at all times – humour based on English – asides on Ty. Bench. we shall always remember. Thank you leadership & friendship. Hope you will let us tell us what we are up to.

P.M.

Matter far transcending Party tht. we should go on rebldg dom. & financial strength. This, alas, was the end of the Churchill Era.

Taken from C. 28(55) - Meeting held on 5 April 1955.