London (Oct. 27)
A denial of rumors in Jewish quarters in London that he would become a candidate for parliament from Whitechapel, the Jewish district, in order to oppose the British government’s new Palestine policy from the floor of the House of Commons was made today to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency by Dr. Chaim Weizmann. Dr. Weizmann last week resigned the presidency of the Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency as a protest against the new policy.
The parliamentary vacancy in Whitechapel exists as a result of the death of Harry Gosling, former Labor minister for transport. The rumors that Dr. Weizmann would seek to succeed Gosling created a sensation in the East End of London. Whether or not Dr. Weizmann is a candidate efforts are already under way to unite the Jewish voters against the government in that strong Jewish constituency. The Jewish Chronicle has appealed to the Jews not to associate themselves with the government.
The situation has become particularly important in view of the government’s decision to submit as its candidate from the Whitechapel district, Frederick Heyward Cripps, the recently appointed solicitor-general who was named without being a member of parliament. Cripps is a son of the Labor minister, Lord Parmoor. At the last election in this district Gosling polled nearly 14,000 votes against 4,500 for the Liberal candidate and 3,500 for the Conservative candidate.