Mr. Roy Jenkins, the former British cabinet minister, becomes President of the Commission of the?
SCU ZOOM OUT FROM Jenkins and wife outside 11 Downing Street, London
SV INTERIOR Jenkins at desk signing papers
LV Jenkins and wife walking from house
GV Jenkins walking away from Houses of Parliament
CU Posters on wall "Keep Britain in Europe" etc. (2 shots)
CU Jenkins speaking
TV PAN OVER Demonstrators TO people throwing bags of flour at Jenkins and others on platform
TV Demonstrators being removed
CU Tom Jackson (Post Office Union leader) shouting at demonstrators
CU Jenkins seated at desk
JENKINS: "Economically...economically, let us be blunt, they might be better off in the short run without us, because we present certain problems. They want to keep us in fundamentally for political reasons, because they believe, and in my view rightly believe, that Western Europe cannot be complete without the United Kingdom."
The other members of the new Commission, besides Mr. Jenkins, are: Mr. Christopher Tugendhat of Britain; MM. Francois-Xavier Ortoli (the retiring President) and Claude Cheysson of France; Herr Wilhelm Haferkamp and Dr. Guido Brunner of West Germany; Signor Lorenzo Natali and Signor Antonio Giolitti of Italy; Viscount Etienne Davignon of Belgium; M. Raymond Vouel of Luxembourg; Mr. Henk Vredeling of the Netherlands; Mr. Finn Olav Gundelach of Denmark; and Mr. Richard Burke of the Irish Republic. Both the French and both the German commissioners are existing members; so are M. Vouel and Mr. Gundelach. Their different areas of responsibility will not be announced until after the Commissions' first meeting on January 6th.
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Background: 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.