"If it wasn't for Sir Samuel Hoare"
Sir Samuel Hoare
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 Sir Samuel Hoare (1880-1959) was a British Conservative politician who served as Home Secretary from 1937 to 1939, and as British Ambassador in Spain between 1940 and 1944.

As Foreign Secretary in 1935, he co-engineered the Hoare-Laval Pact which would have handed a part of Abyssinia to Italy had it not been scuppered by a leak and subsequent public outrage. Hoare was forced to resign when the Pact was made public.