Mr. Roy Jenkins, deputy leader of Britain's Labour Party, former Minister of Aviation, former Home?
1970 MV & GV Jenkins seated at desk and press photographers taking pictures (4 shots)
1964 MV Miss Margaret Herbison arrives at No. 10 Downing St.
SV PAN Crowd
MV Mr. Wilson waves to crowd
1966 GV Police search for clues (3 shots)
MV Jenkins out of police station and speaks to reporters (2 shots)
1968 TV INT Paris National Assembly
SV EXT Jenkins out of car and greeted
CU Sign "United States" TILT UP TO representatives
MV Japanese delegates
1969 SV/AV Wilson out of No. 10 and waves to crowd (2 shots)
SV & CU INT Jenkins at desk
1970 GV Downing St.
GV Removal van arrives and belongings loaded (3 shots)
STV PAN Crossman arrives and enters No. 10
CU PAN Jenkins enters
STV PAN Mr. & Mrs. Wilson out of No. 10 and into car
SV PAN Crowd
GV Car away
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Background: Mr. Roy Jenkins, deputy leader of Britain's Labour Party, former Minister of Aviation, former Home Secretary and former Chancellor of the Exchequer under the Labour Government, has come out in direct opposition to Mr. Harold Wilson on the issue of Britain's entry into the European Economic Community and has confirmed that he would actively lead the faction in the Labour Party in favour of entry.
The leader of Britain's opposition party, Mr. Harold Wilson, has lashed out at a possible division in the party, and has warned that as leader, he will take the necessary steps to hold the party together. Some observers see the difference of attitude towards the crucial entry debate as a threat to Mr. Wilson's leadership....an obvious contender for the post is said to be Mr. Jenkins.
It is not the first time Mr. Wilson has faced internal opposition on such a large scale. In 1969, an issue over the wildcat strikes legislation threatened his leadership.
This profile of Roy Jenkins, from the VISNEWS library, traces his political history and explains his ambitions towards Britain's entry into the European Economic Community.
SYNOPSIS: The deputy leader of Britain's Labour Party, Mr. Roy Jenkins, has come out in direct opposition to Mr. Harold Wilson on the Common Market issue. He has confirmed that he would actively lead the faction of the Labour Party in favour of entry....it's said he may be a threat to Party leadership.
When Mr. Wilson formed his cabinet after the 1964 general elections, Roy Jenkins was chosen as Minister of Aviation. He continued in that post until the following year, when he became Home Secretary. It was in this office that Mr. Jenkins made his mark as a politician in the first rank.
In August 1966, when public feeling was running high over the murder of three unarmed London detectives, Mr. Jenkins refused to yield to pressure over the reinstatement of capital punishment. Even a petition organised by one of the policemen's widows failed to force his hand.
He became Chancellor of the Exchequer in November 1967--following James Callaghan under difficult conditions. Britain had just devalued, but after four difficult months he had established a position of strength in the Treasury that matched his power in the Wilson Cabinet.
When Mr. Wilson faced internal opposition two years later over the wildcat strikes issue--his policy offended Labour man of trade union backgrounds--Roy Jenkins was said to be an obvious contender for the post of Prime Minister. But Mr. Wilson enforced his position in the Party, and Roy Jenkins remained as Chancellor in charge of Britain's financial affairs.
In 1970, the Labour Party was ousted by the Conservatives. Mr. Wilson moved out of Downing Street, after his six years in office. For Roy Jenkins, the steady rise to a position of prominence in the Labour Party was now changed to one of honourable opposition.
The former Cabinet Ministers arrived to pay their last respects to the departing Mr. Wilson. Roy Jenkins had only a short walk from the Chancellor's residence next door. (PAUSE)
Mr. Wilson had failed in his 1967 bid to enter the European Economic Community.....he is described as now being in the unhappy position of deciding whether or not to oppose the very thing he attempted to do years ago. But with Roy Jenkins leading a pro-market faction, it is said Mr. Wilson may find even his leadership threatened.