Gentlemen, I am a Catholic. As far as possible, I go to Mass every day. This [taking a rosary from his pocket] is a rosary. As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative.This was his response to his Tory opponent's slogan, "Don't vote for a Frenchman and a Catholic".
Hilaire Belloc, 1906 speech in Salford
He was elected.