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Roy Hattersley

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UK Politician 

A reader reports:

Veteran British Labour politician Roy Hattersley (former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party) writes in The Guardian on 20th December 1999. Describing an evening spent as a volunteer on a Salvation Army soup-run he writes:

"Unrepentant atheist that I am, I found the idea strangely moving. And for once - although there were no paper hats and crackers - I felt the spirit of Christmas. God bless us everyone."

(I assume the last sentence is a rhetorical reference to Dickens rather than a denial of the first.)