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    The West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, described his campaign for re-election as a battle for the confidence of the voters in his opening speech to the Social Democrat Party (SPD) congress in Dortmund on Thursday (12 October).

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    The West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, described his campaign for re-election as a battle for the confidence of the voters in his opening speech to the Social Democrat Party (SPD) congress in Dortmund on Thursday (12 October).

    Herr Brandt, who is being billed by the SPD as "the Chancellor you can trust", said the issue before the voters was peace of the imperilment of peace -- a reference to his treaties with the Soviet Union, Poland and East Germany.

    Later in the two-day congress, Herr Brandt was to present a programme of social reforms which he hopes will lead the Social Democrats and their coalition partners, the Free Democratic Party, to victory in the general election on November 19.

    The election was called one year ahead of scheduled when Herr Brandt arranged a vote of no-confidence in himself in the Bundestag (Lower House of Parliament) to break a deadlock with the opposition Christian Democrat Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union.

    SYNOPSIS: A Social Democrat Party congress in the Ruhr city of Dortmund on Thursday marked the start of Herr Willy Brandt's campaign for re-election as West German Chancellor. The election will be held on November 19.

    At the two-day congress, Herr Brandt was to present a programme of social reforms which he hopes will carry the Social Democrats and their coalition partners, the Free Democrats, to victory. The election was called after Herr Brandt engineered his own defeat on a no-confidence motion in order to break a Bundestag deadlock with the opposition Christian Democrats.

    In his opening speech, Herr Brandt described the Social Democrat Party congress as the public focus of its battle for the confidence of the voters.

    Herr Brandt, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1970, is being billed by his party as "the Chancellor you can trust". He told the congress that the issue before the West German voters was peace or the imperilment of peace -- a reference to his treaties with Eastern Europe, which are opposed by the Christian Democrats.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3C48XP8QJXB2AYD7PZ3U0GET6
    Media URN:
    VLVA3C48XP8QJXB2AYD7PZ3U0GET6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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