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50 years ago: Searing denunciation of socialist propaganda

PUBLISHED: 15:23 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 07 September 2010

October 10 1958 Searing denunciation of false Socialist propaganda against the Rent Act and a promise of easier home ownership brought Mr Henry Brooke, Hampstead s MP and Minister of Housing and Local Government, a hero s ovation by 4,000 de

50 years ago

October 10 1958

Searing denunciation of false Socialist propaganda against the Rent Act and a promise of easier home ownership brought Mr Henry Brooke, Hampstead's MP and Minister of Housing and Local Government, a hero's ovation by 4,000 delegates at the Conservative Party conference at Blackpool. The former Financial Secretary to the Treasure, who piloted the Rent Act and has repudiated Socialist prophecies of mass evictions, turned on his attackers and accused them of causing unnecessary fear and misery. "A few months ago, I was being called the most hated man in Britain," he said. "Last week at the Labour Party conference in Scarborough the Rent Act was hardly mentioned. The tens of thousands of evictions which they had foretold had proved false."

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