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Cabinet resignations in Britain, France and Russia
Arthur Henderson addressing the Labour Party conference, at which he announced his support for the Stockholm peace talks Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 8 Aug 1917

Cabinet resignations in Britain, France and Russia

10 August 1917 - The war continues to take its toll on the politics of all combatant countries.

Today in Britain, Arthur Henderson, leader of the Labour Party, has resigned from the war cabinet. This is the result of a national Labour meeting at which he supported the idea of sending British representatives to a ‘peace conference’ of socialists from the belligerent nations which is due to take place in Stockholm next month.

Left to right: Arthur Henderson, Denys Cochin and Aleksander Kerensky (Image: National Portrait Gallery and Bibliothèque nationale de France)

In France, Denys Cochin, the Blockade Under-Secretary, has resigned out of a sense of duty to his friend, Admiral Lacaze, the former French Minister of Marine. Lacaze resigned last week after America took control of the international blockade, as he believed that his post had become redundant.

In Russia, the whole cabinet has resigned. Aleksandr Kerensky, Minister-Chairman of the Provisional Government, has confirmed that he has accepted the resignations, and has already begun the negotiations for the formation of a new cabinet.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


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