Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE BILL YATES

Yates (arms aloft) celebrates victory in the 1955 General Election. Photo: SHROPSHIRE STAR. (Tributes to former Wrekin MP Bill Yates : Shropshire Star:)

William Yates, who died on 18 April 2010, served in the parliaments of both the United Kingdom and Australia. (William Yates - Telegraph)

From 1955 to 1966 he was a UK MP.

When the governments of Israel, France and the UK carried out an illegal attack on Egypt, Yates told parliament: "I have come to the conclusion that Her Majesty's Government have been involved in an international conspiracy."

Cairo Radio quoted Yates as saying Britain's Middle Eastern policy had "made her a laughing stock from Cairo to Singapore".

Yates's stance in the Suez crisis helped bring about the downfall of British Prime Minister Anthony Eden.

Yates sent a supportive telegram to King Hussein of Jordan during the Six-Day War.

In 1967 Yates urged King Hussein on behalf of the "ordinary British people" to insist on the return of Jerusalem to Jordan.

The electorate threw Yates out and the Conservative party dropped Yates as a candidate.

Yates was not pro-Israeli enough for his party.

Yates was, in 1960, probably the first British politician to predict that Israel would develop nuclear weapons.

At the end of 1967 Yates emigrated to Australia.

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