• Short Summary

    A DAY OF FAST-MOVING DRAMA IN BRITAIN'S LEADERSHIP CRISIS...IT STARTED WHEN QUEEN ELIZABETH, BREAKING ALL?

  • Description

    A DAY OF FAST-MOVING DRAMA IN BRITAIN'S LEADERSHIP CRISIS...IT STARTED WHEN QUEEN ELIZABETH, BREAKING ALL PRECEDENT, VISITED MR MACMILLAN IN HOSPITAL WITHIN 35 MINUTES OF RECEIVING HIS RESIGNATION TODAY (FRIDAY).STILL RECOVERING FROM A PROSTRATE OPERATION, THE 69-YEAR-OLD CONSERVATIVE LEADER -- SEVEN YEARS PRIME MINISTER -- GAVE THE QUEEN HIS ADVICE ON APPOINTING A SUCCESSOR.

    RETURNING TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE, SHE ACTED SWIFTLY.WITHIN HALF AN HOUR SHE HAD SENT FOR LORD HOME, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, AND ASKED HIM TO FORM AN ADMINISTRATION.AND THIS WAS THE NEWS THAT HE HIMSELF ANNOUNCED, ARRIVING AT NO.10 DOWNING STREET.

    BUT THE 60-YEAR-OLD SCOTTISH PEER IS NOT YET PRIME MINISTER.HE HAS STILL TO GET THE SUPPORT OF HIS THREE MAIN RIVALS IN THE STRUGGLE FOR SUCCESSION.THEY ARE MR.R.A.BUTLER, DEPUTY TO THREE PRIME MINISTERS IN THE PAST; MR.REGINALD MAUDLING, THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER WHO REPRESENTS THE MODERN PARTY IMAGE TO THE YOUNGER CONSERVATIVES; AND LORD HAILSHAM, THE EBULLIENT SCIENCE MINISTER WHO WAS GIVING UP HIS OWN PEERAGE TO BE IN THE RUNNING.

    ALL THREE VISITED HIM THIS AFTERNOON, AND AGAIN TONIGHT.NONE WOULD ANSWER REPORTER'S QUESTIONS ON WHETHER THEY WOULD SERVE UNDER LORD HOME.

    WITH THE CONSULTATIONS CONTINUING TOMORROW, LORD HOME STILL HAS ONE OTHER PROBLEM TO SOLVE - ENTRY TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, WHICH IS NOT LIKELY TO ACCEPT A PEER AS PRIME MINISTER.BUT IF HE RENOUNCES HIS TITLE, HE IS NOT EXPECTED TO ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTIES IN FINDING A SAFE CONSERVATIVE SEAT.

    TONIGHT, AS TENSION REMAINS HIGH AND THE ISSUE UNRESOLVED, BRITAIN - HAVING NEITHER A LEADER NOR A GOVERNMENT - WAITS IN EXPECTATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA54J3W2076VKFQ6VU8LYBGLQGE
    Media URN:
    VLVA54J3W2076VKFQ6VU8LYBGLQGE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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