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    MR. PAT BASHFORD, LEADER OF THE RECENTLY FORMED CENTRE PARTY IN RHODESIA, HAS COME INTO?

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    BASHFORD WITH FAMILY; INSPECTING FARM.




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    Background: MR. PAT BASHFORD, LEADER OF THE RECENTLY FORMED CENTRE PARTY IN RHODESIA, HAS COME INTO PUBLIC PROMINENCE RECENTLY WITH HIS SHARP ATTACKS ON RHODESIAN PREMIER MR. IAN SMITH AND THE RULING RHODESIAN FRONT. MR. BASHFORD - AS LEADER OF THE CENTRE PARTY - REPRESENTS THE STRONGEST PRESENT POLITICAL OPPOSITION TO MR. SMITH. MR. BASHFORD WAS FILMED THIS WEEK AT HIS CATTLE AND TOBACCO FARM AT KAROI.

    MR. BASHFORD'S PARTY HAS CONSISTENTLY ADVOCATED A MORE LIBERAL LINE THAN MR. SMITH'S RHODESIAN FRONT. AT THE CENTRE PARTY'S FIRST CONVENTION LAST WEEK MEMBERS WORKED ON A DRAFT CONSTITUTION AND PLANNED POSSIBLE ACTION IN THE EVENT OF A SNAP ELECTION. THE CONVENTION WAS ATTENDED BY SEVERAL BLACK AFRICAN DELEGATES.

    MR. BASHFORD HAS LEFT MUCH OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF HIS FARM TO HIS SON DAVID, WHILE HE FOLLOWS HIS POLITICAL CAREER. HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER ALSO LIVE ON THE FARM, AND HE HAS OTHER CHILDREN AT SCHOOL.

    MR. BASHFORD'S EMERGENCE INTO THE PUBLIC EYE COMES AT A TIME OF STRESS FOR MR. SMITH. IN A RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCAST THIS WEEK MR. SMITH LASHED OUT AT CRITICS OF HIS GOVERNMENT - INCLUDING BUSINESSMEN AND NEWSPAPERS AT HOME WHO HAVE ATTACKED THE ECONOMIC RUNNING OF THE COUNTRY AND CALLED FOR A SETTLEMENT OF THE INDEPENDENCE DISPUTE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4E8WO8VRGK1VZIGFZRQ97DNKR
    Media URN:
    VLVA4E8WO8VRGK1VZIGFZRQ97DNKR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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