227 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram [315] [1] LONDON, 10 May 1940, 8.18 p.m.

MOST IMMEDIATE FOR THE PRIME MINISTER HIMSELF ONLY

Political. Labour Party have refused to join the Government under Chamberlain but agreed to co-operate in the formation of a National Government under another Prime Minister. Chamberlain seeing the King tonight and though not definite I anticipate that Churchill will be sent for and new Government formed immediately.

Chamberlain has agreed to continue as member of the Cabinet.

BRUCE

1 The number has been taken from Bruce's file copy on AA: M100, May 1940.

[FA: A3195, 1.3101]