• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION. AFTER 13 YEARS OF CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, BRITONS HAVE TO DECIDE ON?

  • Description

    THE BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION. AFTER 13 YEARS OF CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, BRITONS HAVE TO DECIDE ON OCTOBER 15 IF THEY ARE FOR ANOTHER SPELL - UP TO FIVE YEARS - UNDER SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME'S PARTY.

    SIR ALEC WENT FROM SOUTH-EAST ENGLAND TO SCOTLAND TO TELL THE QUEEN AT BALMORAL TODAY (TUESDAY) OF THE DATE. HE WAS MAINTAINING THE TRADITION OF TELLING HER IN PERSON THOUGH LETTER OR TELEPHONE COULD HAVE BEEN USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

    AFTERWARDS, SIR ALEC FLEW DOWN TO LONDON AND HIS OFFICE ISSUED THIS NOTE COUCHED IN THE CUSTOMARY TERMS:
    "THE PRIME MINISTER HAS ASKED HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN TO PROCLAIM THE DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT. HER MAJESTY HAS BEEN GRACIOUSLY PLEASED TO SIGNIFY THAT SHE WILL COMPLY WITH THIS REQUEST."
    THE DISSOLUTION WILL BE ON SEPT. 25; THE NEW PARLIAMENT WILL BE SWORN IN ON OCTOBER 27 AND WILL BE OPENED ON NOVEMBER 3.

    ALSO ACCORDING TO CUSTOM THE PRIME MINISTER (WITH 336 SEATS IN THE COMMONS) GAVE NOTICE OF HIS INTENTIONS TO MR. WILSON AND MR. GRIMOND, THE LEADERS OF THE TWO OPPOSITION PARTIES IN THE PARLIAMENT. (MR. WILSON HAS 256 SEATS, MR. GRIMOND'S LIBERALS 7).

    AND AS IS THE CUSTOM TOO, THERE'S WIDE EXPECTATION THAT THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION WILL BE CLOSE AS USUAL, WITH ONLY A SMALL MAJORITY FOR EITHER MAIN SIDE.

    NEARLY 30 MILLION BRITONS ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE - AND SOME ESTIMATES SAY FOUR OUT OF FIVE WILL DO SO.

    THE THREE LEADERS APPEARED ON TELEVISION AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE POLLING DATE. HERE ARE THREE EXTRACTS FROM THEIR CAMPAIGN POINTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6U55K1PMOW3408S7UDQKHYD0W
    Media URN:
    VLVA6U55K1PMOW3408S7UDQKHYD0W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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