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    Liberal Party leader, 41-year-old Jeremy Thorpe, an advocate of civil rights and racial harmony along with fairly radical general policies, is at present spearheading a vigorous Liberal programme of campaigning leading up to the British General Elections on June 18th.

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    Liberal Party leader, 41-year-old Jeremy Thorpe, an advocate of civil rights and racial harmony along with fairly radical general policies, is at present spearheading a vigorous Liberal programme of campaigning leading up to the British General Elections on June 18th.

    At Orpington, a Liberal stronghold south of London, Mr. Thorpe yesterday (Wednesday 3rd June) received an enthusiastic welcome at a rally organised by the electorate's Liberal candidate...and Party Whip...Mr. Eric Lubbock. The electorate has been a Liberal seat since Mr. Lubbock's shock by-election victory in 1962, and Mr. Thorpe hopes it will stay that way.

    The Liberal Party is hopeful that its representation in the House of Commons will be increased from the 13 seats it has held up to now. Political observers see the possibility of the Liberal Party holding a balance of power if Labour or the Conservatives fail to win a clear majority in the House. Although sceptical of any post-election offers of coalition with his party, Mr. Thorpe obviously senses a chance for the Liberals to play a far more conspicuous role in the government of Britain than it has in recent years, and has chartered a helicopter to help him cover as much of the country as he can in the fortnight of campaigning, to talk about his policies. With a reputation for debating skill...he was president of the Oxford Union in 1951...Mr. Thorpe has propounded his policies to thousands of prospective voters. As might be expected at Orpington he had a receptive audience.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6PMQLWFQI30POVIGJNAPXB6T7
    Media URN:
    VLVA6PMQLWFQI30POVIGJNAPXB6T7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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