• Short Summary

    Breaking her Scottish vacation, Her Majesty the Queen travelled back to London by train to be traditionally present in the capital when the British Government was prorogued Sept 18, in readiness for the Oct 8 General Election.

  • Description

    Breaking her Scottish vacation, Her Majesty the Queen travelled back to London by train to be traditionally present in the capital when the British Government was prorogued Sept 18, in readiness for the Oct 8 General Election.

    The election campaign was officially launched the same day when Colonel Bruce Lumsdan, Common Cryer and Sergeant-at-Arms of the City of London, read the Royal Proclamation from the steps of the Royal Exchange.

    In an hour-long flourish of ceremony and sentiment in the House of Commons Sept 18, Britain's 41st Parliament--since Britain's 1801 union with Ireland, from which the present counting system dates-held it's final session. Members were summoned to hear Ner Majesty's dissolution speech. Less than an hour later, the Queen's write went out to 630 parliamentary constituencies.

    Since Premier Macmillan's flight to Balmoral to see the Queen, and his subsequent announcement of the election date, propaganda machines of all parties have been churning out manifestos, leaflets, posters, biographies and every method of convincing the prospective electorate that their way is the only way.

    Conservative and Labour 'Big Guns'--Harold Macmillan and Hugh Gaitakell--opened the campaign proper with nation-wide tours of speeches in support of local candidates. At Wolverhampton, where he arrived Sept 23 after visiting six cotton belt towns during the morning, crowds of cheering, waving people greeted Mr Macmillan's affirmation of opposition to further nationalisation as proposed by the Labour Party. On the second leg of his 2,000 mile trip, Mr Hugh Gaitskell at Wandsworth, London, Sept 23 said; "It's a pity Mr Macmillan hasn't got the facts clear on Labour's plan for stopping the nuclear arms race."
    Eldest and most famous Conservative Member is 85-year old Sir Winston Churchill. Speaking at Woodford, Essex, Sept 23, after his adoption as candidate said; "..for the leaders of nations to meet each other as they were doing now must be a good thing. Whether or not there were agreements, the chances of peace could only be increased by such meetings."
    Muscles flexed, protagonists are now engrossed in a campaign of unparalleled intensity, determined that their party will wield power when Parliament re-assembles on Oct 20.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4SRY8IG31VY0VFYLTVVG8VTX2
    Media URN:
    VLVA4SRY8IG31VY0VFYLTVVG8VTX2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:27:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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