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On the evening of October 9, 1900, eight days after being elected as a member of parliament as a Conservative for the constituency of Oldham, the 25-year old Winston Churchill spoke at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in support of Crawford Smith, the Unionist candidate for the Tyneside division. He declared that the question of South Africa was the issue undoubtedly before the country and that he agreed entirely with the Liberals that there should be peace, provided it would be a “peace with honour.” Afterwards Churchill travelled south to Darlington where he spoke later that night to a densely packed meeting at the Drill Hall in support of the local candidate F.W. Lambton. Churchill told the audience that it was difficult to say what the attitude of the Liberal Party was to the ongoing war in South Africa because they had a different attitude for every day of the year.

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