Mr. Roy Jenkins, the former British cabinet minister, becomes President of the Commission of the?
Mr. Roy Jenkins, the former British cabinet minister, becomes President of the Commission of the European Economic Community from Saturday (1 January, 1977). He and his 12 fellow Commissioners, who are the principal officials of the Community, will be formally inaugurated in Brussels the following Thursday, January the 6th.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Jenkins, who is 56, has held two senior political appointments in Britain: those of Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary. Early this year, when Harold Wilson resigned, he made a bid for the Premiership, but withdrew after coming only third in the first ballot.
Mr. Jenkins and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons and one daughter. He belonged to the moderate radical wing of the British Labour movement, and has always supported British membership of the European Community. He resigned the Deputy Leadership of the Party in 1972, when he found himself at odds with many of his colleagues on this issue.
In the referendum of 1975, he was one of the most enthusiastic campaigners for a decisive vote in favour of British membership (which was in fact achieved):
Mr. Jenkins is an intellectual, with a reputation as a writer of political biographies. But he has seen the rougher side of politics. He was speaking on behalf of a Cabinet colleague in east London when trouble broke out. With him, trade union leader Mr. Tom Jackson:
He is expected to hold his Brussels post for four years.