Text of Emergency Resolution moved at 1939 Labour Party Conference by Ellen Wilkinson on behalf of the National Executive Committee
The Conference expresses its undying admiration for the heroism of the Spanish people, who, in the face of overwhelming odds, held the Fascist invaders at bay for two years and a half. It is convinced that by their prolonged resistance the Spanish people retarded the development of Fascist aggression in Europe and helped at least to postpone the outbreak of World War.
The Conference condemns the British Government for their leadership in the policy of one-sided non-intervention, by which they crippled the legitimate Government and assisted the rebel reactionaries to a temporary victory. It declares that the British Government by this policy which they adopted in pursuit of their class-war against democracy in Europe, at the peril even of British interests, have sacrificed democracy and freedom in Spain, have con- doned and indeed encouraged the murder of British seamen by German and Italian aircraft, have lowered British prestige, and have destroyed the basis of international maritime law, which is vital to Britain in peace and in war.
The Conference declares that the cause of Spain is not lost, and calls upon the National Executive and the whole Labour Movement to continue unremittingly their efforts to aid the Spanish people in Spain and elsewhere, and the heroes of the International Brigade. It charges the British Government with responsibility for the martyrdom of the Spanish people, and demands that so long as they remain in office they shall take their full share in making provision for the assistance of Spanish refugees who cannot return to Spain, shall exercise all available pressure to restrain the savage reprisals of General Franco against his defeated opponents, and shall ensure that no loans or credit be made to that traitorous enemy of Spain, of democracy, and of freedom.