• Short Summary

    THE NORTHERN IRISH UNIONIST PARTY MET AT STORMONT TODAY (THURSDAY) TO ELECT A NEW PRIME MINISTER AND, AFTER A CLOSE VOTE OF 17 TO 16 CHOSE MAJOR JAMES CHICHESTER-CLARK - A MAN WHO IS DESCRIBED AS BEING A CAUTIOUS POLITICIAN FROM THE RANKS OF THE LANDED GENTRY.

  • Description

    THE NORTHERN IRISH UNIONIST PARTY MET AT STORMONT TODAY (THURSDAY) TO ELECT A NEW PRIME MINISTER AND, AFTER A CLOSE VOTE OF 17 TO 16 CHOSE MAJOR JAMES CHICHESTER-CLARK - A MAN WHO IS DESCRIBED AS BEING A CAUTIOUS POLITICIAN FROM THE RANKS OF THE LANDED GENTRY.

    MAJOR CHICHESTER-CLARK, LIKE HIS PREDECESSOR CAPTAIN TERENCE O'NEILL, IS A PRODUCT OF EXCLUSIVE ETON SCHOOL AND A FORMER OFFICER IN THE ELITE IRISH GUARDS REGIMENT. HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND PARLIAMENT SINCE 1960; IS MARRIED WITH TWO DAUGHTERS AND A STEPSON; AND SPENDS HIS SPARE TIME SHOOTING, FISHING AND SKIING.

    THE 46-YEAR-OLD NEW PREMIER, SUCCEEDS CAPTAIN O'NEILL, WHO STOOD DOWN LAST MONDAY (APRIL 28) BECAUSE OF FIERCE OPPOSITION WITHIN THE PARTY AGAINST HIS PLANS TO REFORM THE LOT OF NORTHERN IRELAND'S MINORITY CATHOLICS. MAJOR CHICHESTER-CLARK HIMSELF RESIGNED AS MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE OF MR. O'NEILL GOVERNMENT LAST WEEK BECAUSE HE DISAGREED WITH THE PRIME MINISTER'S TIMING FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THE REFORMS, NOT THE REFORMS THEMSELVES.

    THE RESULT OF THE PARLIAMENT PARTY'S POLL WAS ANNOUNCED BY UNIONIST CHIEF WHIP ROY BRADFORD:
    THE NEW PRIME MINISTER, WHOSE CLOSE WIN WAS RATIFIED BY A SECOND UNANIMOUS VOTE OF SUPPORT FROM THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, THEN ADDRESSED THE PRESS:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA191WMBZ0JLKY1FVQR7ZEQC2DE
    Media URN:
    VLVA191WMBZ0JLKY1FVQR7ZEQC2DE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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