Sir James Hutchison, 1st Baronet - Cold War Incidents

Cold War Incidents

In the New Years' Honours list of 1956, Hutchison was awarded a baronetcy. When diver Commander "Buster" Crabb disappeared near the ship carrying Nikita Khrushchev and other Soviet leaders, Hutchison appealed for realism and noted that the Russians seemed more prepared to allow the matter to fade than were the British opposition. He noted that Britain was not the only nation with a secret service. In December 1956 Hutchison was elected as chairman of the Scottish Unionist members' committee.

In January 1957, Hutchison was the first British MP to visit Hungary after the uprising the previous year was put down. On his return he praised the Hungarian people, saying that they were determined not to back the Kádár régime. After some years as a delegate, in May 1957 Hutchison became President of the Assembly of the Western European Union.

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