• Short Summary

    WITH NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE RESULTS DECLARED IN THE BRITISH GENERAL ELECTIONS EARLY THIS MORNING (FRIDAY), COMPUTERS PREDICTED THAT THE LABOUR PARTY COULD EXPECT A PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OF ABOUT 100 SEATS.

  • Description

    1.
    GV. TEENAGERS CLIMBING THE FOUNTAINS IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE
    0.15

    2.
    GV. MAYORESS ANNOUNCES RESULTS (SOF)
    0.44

    3.
    GV. PROGRESS CHART (LABOUR 278, CONSERVATIVES 134)
    0.48

    4.
    CU. MR. WILSON (SOF)
    1.44

    5.
    GV. PROGRESS CHART (LABOUR 282, CONSERVATIVE 136)
    1.49

    6.
    CU. MR. HEATH (SOF)
    2.27

    7.
    GV. PROGRESS CHART (LABOUR 302, CONSERVATIVE 149)
    2.34

    8.
    CU. MR. GRIMOND (SOF)
    3.14

    9.
    GV, NO. 10 DOWNING STREET
    3.18


    TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 2: MAYORESS OF BREXLEY: "I HEREBY DECLARE THAT THE VOTES CAST ARE AS FOLLOWS -- BUTLER, RUSSEL LEON...24,044 (LABOUR), HEATH, EDWARD RICHARD GEORGE...26,000 (CONSERVATIVE)."



    TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 4: INTERVIEWER: "MR. WILSON, ARE YOU NOW PREPARED TO CLAIM THAT YOU WILL DEFINITELY BY THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER -- THAT YOU WILL REMAIN PRIME MINISTER?"



    MR. WILSON: "I THINK THAT WE WILL WAIT FOR THE FINAL RESULTS TO COME IN. AS SOON AS ONE PARTY HAS THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN SEATS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS I WILL SAY THAT PARTY HAS WON."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU'LL MAKE NO CLAIMS BEFORE THEN?"



    MR. WILSON: "NO."



    INTERVIEWER: "HAVE ANY RESULTS GIVEN YOU SPECIAL SATISFACTION SO FAR?"



    MR. WILSON: "I WAS QUITE PLEASED ABOUT THE RESULT IN HUYTON. I THINK ITS PROVIDED THAT I'M AFRAID THAT THE MORE I'M AWAY FROM HUYTON SEEING THE COUNTRY, THE BIGGER MY MAJORITY. I THINK ITS A TRIBUTE TO MY SUPPORTERS WHO WORKED SO HARD TO GET ME BACK."



    INTERVIEWER: "THE ELECTION WAS CALLED BY MANY PEOPLE, IN THE PRESS ANYWAY, TAWDRY AND BORING. LOOKING BACK ON IT DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANYTHING IN THESE CRITICISMS?"



    MR. WILSON: "I THINK IT GOT A BIT BORING. I THINK OUR OPPONENTS MADE THE MISTAKE OF GETTING UP TO FEVER HEAT IN THE FIRST DAY -- AND FOUND THE FEVER HEAT A LITTLE BIT SYNTHETIC."



    TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 6: INTERVIEWER: "MR. HEATH, IT DOES APPEAR THAT YOU AND YOUR POLICIES HAVE BEEN FAIRLY DECISIVEL, REJECTED IN THIS ELECTION. WHY DO YOU THINK THIS HAS HAPPENED?"



    MR. HEATH: "OH, I THINK THEY WERE THE RIGHT POLICIES I THINK LABOUR PARTY HAS BEEN FIGHTING THE ELECTION ON THE PAST -- WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING ON THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE. AND I BELIEVE OUR POLICIES WERE THE RIGHT ONES. I AGREE THAT THEY ARE NEW POLICIES IN MANY RESPECTS. IT IS THE FIRST TIME I THINK THAT AN ELECTION HAS BEEN FOUGHT IN THIS COUNTRY ON REFORMING THE TRADE UNIONS, ON BRINGING THE WELFARE STATE UP TO DATE AND ON THE CLEAR ISSUE OF THE GOING INTO EUROPE. I BELIEVE THEY ART THE RIGHT POLICIES FOR THE FUTURE AND I AM QUITE CERTAIN THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WILL COME TO REALISE IT.



    TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 8: GRIMOND: "WELL, I AGREE WE'D LIKE TO DO BETTER BUT ARE VERY PLEASED INDEED ABOUT THESE TWO RESULTS, BECAUSE THEY ARE FIRST-CLASS PEOPLE AND THEY SHOW AT LEAST THE ELETORATE DOES RESPOND TO REALLY GOOD CANVASSING."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT ABOUT THE LOSS OF CARDIGAN BY MR. RODERICK BOWEN?" THAT'S JUST COME IN NOW -- I HADN'T HEARD IT EITHER...



    GRIMOND: "HOW DO YOU KNOW ITS TRUE?"



    INTERVIEWER: "BECAUSE SOMEBODY'S JUST GIVEN IT TO ME ON A PIECE OF PAPER."



    GRIMOND: "WELL, I'M VERY SORRY --- OF COURSE I'M SORRY ABOUT THE LOSING ANY SEAT. BUT I DO THINK WE SHOULD EMPHASISE ON THESE TWO SEATS HOW SPECTACULAR IT IS AND PARTICULARLY AS THIS EVENING'S LONDON EVENING STANDARD SAID WE SHOULD LOSE ORPINGTON BY ABOUT TEN THOUSAND VOTES."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU MUSTN'T BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ IN THE PAPERS."



    GRIMOND: "INDEED NOT."




    Initials DE/V--TR/MGT/JG



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: WITH NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE RESULTS DECLARED IN THE BRITISH GENERAL ELECTIONS EARLY THIS MORNING (FRIDAY), COMPUTERS PREDICTED THAT THE LABOUR PARTY COULD EXPECT A PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OF ABOUT 100 SEATS. AS THE LABOUR LEAD MOUNTED THE THREE PARTY LEADERS -- MR. WILSON OF THE LABOUR PARTY, MR. HEATH OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY AND MR. GRIMOND OF THE LIBERAL PARTY -- COMMENTED ON THE RESULTS.

    MR. EDWARD HEATH, LEADER OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY WAS DEFENDING A MAJORITY IN THE CONSTITUENCY OF BEXLEY. THE SEAT WAS CONSIDERED BY SOME OBSERVERS TO BE MARGINAL -- AND ONE THAT JUST MIGHT GO TO THE LABOUR PARTY IF THE ELECTION RESULTED IN A LABOUR LANDSLIDE. HOWEVER, WHEN THE MAYORESS OF BEXLEY DECLARED THE RESULT OF THE POLL, MR. HEATH HELD THE SEAT -- THOUGH BY A REDUCED MAJORITY.

    LATER, MR. WILSON, LEADER OF THE LABOUR PARTY, SPOKE TO NEWSMEN:
    MR. EDWARD HEATH, WHOSE PARTY LOST MORE THAN FORTY SEATS IN THE RESULTS DECLARED DURING THE NIGHT, ALSO SPOKE TO NEWSMEN:
    THE LIBERAL PARTY -- WHICH IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTIONS HAS DONE WELL IN THE WEST OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND-GAINED TWO SEATS DURING THE OVERNIGHT COUNT. THEY HELD ON TO THE CONTROVERSIAL ORPINGTON SEAT -AND ONE OTHER IN THE MIDLANDS. HOWEVER THEY LOST ONE IN CARDIGAN. MR. GRIMOND, LEADER OF THE LIBERAL PARTY, SPOKE TO NEWSMEN:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9FW1JD6O5YQFKTZRBIPRW5AHS
    Media URN:
    VLVA9FW1JD6O5YQFKTZRBIPRW5AHS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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