At a meeting of Labour's Parlia¬mentary Party following the an¬nouncement of his resignation from the Cabinet, Frank Cluskey received a standing ovation. Tributes were lavished on him, and according to one member present, the atmosphere was such that if anyone had criticised his action, "they would have been torn to pieces". The reaction of the Parliamentary Party gives some indication of the strength of Cluskey's support within that group.