Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester Clark faced a battle for his political life when he returned to Belfast from holiday tonight (Sunday).
GV PAN Crowds at Belfast Airport.
LV Clark down corridor and approached by reporters.
GV SV and CU Crowds applaud Craig on rostrum (4 shots)
CU Craig speaking
Question (SEQ 2): "I was just wondering how serious you regard the threat to your position at the moment.
Clark: "Well, I wouldn't be prepared to make any comment on that until I talk to the Deputy Prime Minister tomorrow."
Question: "Have you been keeping in touch with the situation?"
Clark: "I am up to date until about Friday. But since then I haven't been in touch."
Question: "Do you see yourself continuing as Prime Minister?"
Clark: "Well, I'm always optimistic."
Question: Would you resign is there's a vote of confidence against you?"
Clark: "Well, we'll wait and see when it happens."
Question: "What's been your reaction, sir, to the news of the latest rioting?
Clark: "Well. I'm naturally distressed about it, as I'm sure we are all are."
Question: "Did you have a good holiday, sir?"
Clark: "Very good, thank you."
Craig (SEQ 4): "The debating is over, ladies and gentlemen. The government's policies have, by the very events that have taken place, been proved to be disastrously wrong (Applause). Ladies and gentlemen, we must lose no time in finding new policies that will restore s stability, peace and security to our province. (Applause),"
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Background: Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester Clark faced a battle for his political life when he returned to Belfast from holiday tonight (Sunday). After a week of savage rioting and bomb outrages, a rebellion is fermenting in militant right wing of Nester's ruling Unionist Party--and former Home Affairs Minister William Craig is expected to challenge strongly for the premiership.
Major Chichester Clark refused to commit himself when questioned on his political future on his return from Spain tonight.
Twenty-four hours earlier, Mr. Craig had been adamant in his demands for changes in government policies when he addressed a mass meeting in Larne: