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    MR.HAROLD WILSON, THE UK LABOUR PARTY'S "SHADOW" FOREIGN SECRETARY, ARRIVING BACK IN LONDON TODAY (SATURDAY)?

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    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: MR. WILSON, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY FIRST OF ALL WHAT YOU THINK THE LOSS OF MR. GAITSKELL MEANS TO THE PARTY AND, INDEED, TO YOU PERSONALLY?



    TRANSCRIPT: MR. HAROLD WILSON: WELL, PERSONALLY OF COURSE IT CAME AS A GREAT SHOCK, AND EVEN NOW I CAN'T BELIEVE THE HEADLINES I'VE SEEN THIS MORNING. I KNEW HUGH BEFORE I WAS IN PARLIAMENT OR THE CABINET TOGETHER OF COURSE AND WE'VE BEEN CLOSE COLLEAGUES SINCE. HE WILL, I THINK, BE TERRIBLY MISSED BY THE PARTY, BECAUSE HE HAD ACHIEVED A UNIQUE, COMMANDING POSITION IN THE PARTY IN THESE LAST FEW YEARS, THOUGH, IN ONE SENSE OF COURSE, THE POLICY THAT HE PLAYED SUCH A LEADING PART IN CREATING, AS LAID DOWN, WILL GO ON AS BEFORE, THERE WON'T BE ANY CHANGES THERE. BUT AS I SAID IN NEW YORK LAST NIGHT, I THINK THE TRAGEDY IS THAT AS WE ARE NOW LOOKING LIKE WINNING THE NEXT ELECTION, IT IS A TRAGEDY THAT HE, WHO'S DONE SO MUCH TOWARDS WINNING IT, WON'T BE THERE TO SEE IT.



    QUESTION: IF AS YOU SAID YOU HAVE HIGH HOPES OF WINNING THE ELECTION, ISN'T IT GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT TO ELECT HIS SUCCESSOR AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE?



    ANSWER: I DON'T THINK WE'LL BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT THAT YET, I MEAN WHEN, AS I SAY, THE LEADER OF THE PARTY HAS DIED ONLY REALLY A FEW HOURS AGO, I DON'T THINK ANY OF US CAN START THINKING ABOUT THAT. BUT I THINK THERE IS ONE THING THAT WE CAN BE SURE ABOUT - I'M CERTAIN, ABSOLUTELY EVERY ONE OF US WILL WANT TO MAKE QUITE CERTAIN THAT WE WANT TO PULL OUR WEIGHT IN KEEPING THE PARTY UNITED. I'M NOT IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT THAT AT ALL, AND IN CARRYING ON WITH THE POLICY THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN LAID DOWN AND ABOUT WHICH WE ARE UNITED.



    QUESTION: ALTHOUGH IN FACT AS YOU SAY YOU CAN'T BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT IT AT THE MOMENT THE FIRST MOVES WILL BE MADE NEXT WEEK, WON'T THEY?



    ANSWER: WELL, AS YOU KNOW I'VE ONLY JUST COME OFF THE PLANE. I'VE NO IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING.



    MR. WILSON, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.




    Initials JRG/V/MGT/EEH



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MR.HAROLD WILSON, THE UK LABOUR PARTY'S "SHADOW" FOREIGN SECRETARY, ARRIVING BACK IN LONDON TODAY (SATURDAY) AFTER CUTTING SHORT HIS AMERICAN LECTURE TOUR SPEAKS IN THIS SOF INTERVIEW ABOUT THE DEATH OF HIS PARTY LEADER, MR.GAITSKELL.MR.WILSON IS ONE OF THE MEN TIPPED TO SUCCEED HIM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1KHDGAN33GL31HDHC1B79JO0A
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KHDGAN33GL31HDHC1B79JO0A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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