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    The Conservative Party, elected to power in Britain in June, at its annual conference in Blackpool today (Thursday) voted in favour of Britain seeking entry to the European Economic Community -- the Common Market.

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    The Conservative Party, elected to power in Britain in June, at its annual conference in Blackpool today (Thursday) voted in favour of Britain seeking entry to the European Economic Community -- the Common Market. The party has been committed to membership of the market for some years, but today's vote was the first test of party feeling since negotiations were re-opened on British entry by the former Labour Government.

    The debate was emotional, sometimes angry, and party support for entry was decided by a show of hands -- a method of voting objected to by anti-marketeers. They asked for a ballot, but were refused, although about one third of the conference delegate seemed to oppose the idea of entry.

    Mr. Nicholas Winterton, of Newcastle-Under-Lyme, attacked the threat Common Market entry would mean to the British monarchy. Queen Elizabeth, he said, would become inferior to a politically motivated European president.

    Mr. Geoffrey Rippon, minister in charge of Market negotiations led the argument for British entry. He said the concept of complete national independence in the modern world was a myth.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5FKZYLLYJTRNFXJGRJDS1NQ6C
    Media URN:
    VLVA5FKZYLLYJTRNFXJGRJDS1NQ6C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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