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    The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Mr. Harold Wilson on Wednesday led a vote?

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    SV Mr. Harold Wilson entering Transport House.

    SV Mr. James Callaghan greeting Mrs. Barbara Castle and entering.

    SV Ian Mikards enters.

    SV Roy Jenkins entering, followed by another colleague.

    GV INT. (2 shots)

    SCU Wedgewood Ben with pipe.

    CU's and SV's delegates sign document (3 shots)

    CU Harry Nicholas makes statement.

    "The conference having studied...."

    "... in voting against the Government policy"

    TRANSCRIPT: Nicholas: Conference, having studied the Government's White Paper, Command 4715, on the United Kingdom and the European Communities, opposes entry into the Common Market on the terms negotiated by the Conservative Government. Regrets the Government's refusal to give the nation the facts necessary for a full appraisal of the continuing cost of entering the Communities, against the possible long-term benefits, and in particular the Prime Minister's refusal to set up a Select Committee to examine the facts available to the Government. And further considers that Conservative economic and social policy so to weaken and divide the nation that Britain's ability to improve the living standards of our people inside or outside the Market has been undermined. And since in the words of the present Prime Minister during the election, and here I quote, "No British Government could possibly take the country into the Common Market against the wish of the British people", calls on the Prime Minister now to submit to the democratic judgement of a General Election. It therefore invites the Parliamentary Labour Party, taking account of these factors and the decision of Conference, to unite wholeheartedly in voting against the Government's policy.

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    Background: The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Mr. Harold Wilson on Wednesday led a vote of his party's National Executive against joining the European Common Market on the present terms.

    The Labour Party leaders who comprise the National Executive, some of them senior figures in Mr. Wilson's last Labour Government, voted sixteen for and six against a resolution condemning the Conservative British Government's plan to enter Europe on terms recently won by Mr. Geoffrey Rippon.

    The resolution calls for Labour's annual Conference in October to unite wholeheartedly against the Government's policy.

    This was the statement of the resolution made by Labour Party General Secretary Mr. Harry Nicholas after the meeting:

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