• Short Summary

    On Saturday (June 20), Prime Minister Edward Heath was at Number 10 Downing Street for his first full day on office, during which he announced his Cabinet, received callers and messages of congratulations, and was doused with a pot of red paint.

  • Description

    On Saturday (June 20), Prime Minister Edward Heath was at Number 10 Downing Street for his first full day on office, during which he announced his Cabinet, received callers and messages of congratulations, and was doused with a pot of red paint.

    Only eighteen Ministers, including Mr. Heath, compose his Cabinet -- the smallest since Harold Mecmillan's in 1957. On the average, Cabinet members are three years younger than Mr. Wilson's. Mr. Heath wants his administration to be smaller and more streamlined and plan to bring in executives from industry to provide more management experience.

    Crowds of people thronged Downing Street on Saturday morning to watch the comings and goings as the new Government was being formed.

    Mr. Ian Macleod is the new Chancellor of the Exchequer -- he has been the Tory Spokesman on Treasury and economic affairs. Mr. Reginald Maudling-- deputy leader of the Tory party since 1965 -- has been appointed Home Secretary.

    Sir Alec Couglas-Home -- who arrived at Downing Street before lunch-- will become the new Foreign Secretary a post he's held before. It was expected he would be appointed to this position.

    Mr. Quintin Hogg is the New Lord Chancellor. He is the first person to have renounced an hereditary title to become an M.P. and then later be made a life peer. It will also be the first time that a father and son have served as Lord Chancellor.

    And Mr. Anthony Barber, Chairman of the Conservative party, will be Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. It is he who will be responsible for the Common Market negotiations.

    The Cabinet will have its first meeting on Tuesday (June 23) to work out the priorities for the new session of Parliament that begins on July 2nd.

    The only discordant note during the day occurred when Mr. Heath returned from lunch to have a pot of red paint thrown at him as he got out of his car. His companion, Mr. William Whitelaw-- the former Opposition Chief Whip and the new Lord President of the Council and leader of the House of Commons-- was also splashed, as was the car.

    A 26-year-old woman, Miss Angela Wright, was charged with possessing an offensive weapon, threatening behaviour to police, without damage to a policeman's suit and wilful damage to an official car. She was detained in custody and will appear in court on Monday.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8CAB2XD5CIT34KJCFV06FOPH6
    Media URN:
    VLVA8CAB2XD5CIT34KJCFV06FOPH6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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