• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S POLITICAL PARTIES, MAJOR AND MINOR, ARE STEPPING UP THEIR CAMPAIGNS FOR THE VITAL BY-ELECTION IN THE EAST LONDON CONSTITUENCY OF LEYTON.

  • Description

    BRITAIN'S POLITICAL PARTIES, MAJOR AND MINOR, ARE STEPPING UP THEIR CAMPAIGNS FOR THE VITAL BY-ELECTION IN THE EAST LONDON CONSTITUENCY OF LEYTON. THE BY-ELECTION IS BEING STAGED IN A BID TO ALLOW MR. PATRICK GORDON WALKER, THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, TO OBTAIN A SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

    IN LAST MONTH'S GENERAL ELECTION, LEYTON WAS RETAINED FOR LABOUR BY MR. C. R. SORENSEN IN A THREE-WAY EIGHT WITH A MAJORITY OF MORE THAN 7,900 VOTES. NOW, COLIN JORDAN, LEADER OF BRITAIN'S "NAZI-STYLED" NATIONAL SOCIALIST MOVEMENT HAS ANNOUNCE HE WILL BE CONDUCTING A CAMPAIGN AGAINST MR. GORDON WALKER'S SUPPORT OF COLOURED IMMIGRANTS. MR. JORDAN SAYS THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE ON THE THEME "A VOTE FOR GORDON WALKER IS A VOTE FOR A NEGRO AS A NEIGHBOUR."
    THE DECISION TO SEEK WHAT'S BEEN REGARDED AS A SAFE LABOUR SEAT FOR MR. WALKER FOLLOWED HIS DEFEAT AT THE GENERAL ELECTION IN HIS FORMER CONSTITUENCY OF SMETHWICK, A LARGE INDUSTRIAL TOWN IN THE MIDLANDS. HE LOST HIS SEAT TO THE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE, MR. PETER GRIFFITHS, BY MORE THAN 1700 VOTES. AFTER THE ELECTION, CHARGES WERE MADE THAT THE CONSERVATIVES HAD FOUGHT THE ELECTION ON THE RACIAL ISSUE. SMETHWICK HAS A LARGE COLOURED IMMIGRANT POPULATION.

    MR. GORDON WALKER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST MEN APPOINTED TO THE CABINET BY MR. WILSON, THE PRIME MINISTER, AND A FEW DAYS AFTER ASSUMING OFFICE HE WENT TO THE UNITED STATES TO MEET PRESIDENT JOHNSON.

    IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR THE FOREIGN SECRETARY TO BE A SITTING MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT SO THAT STATEMENTS OF POLICY CAN BE MADE BY HIM AND SO THAT HE CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TAKE PART IN DEBATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6JHY4FKIFC32KAVXL42GTFY7H
    Media URN:
    VLVA6JHY4FKIFC32KAVXL42GTFY7H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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