• Short Summary

    The resignation of Britain's Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, on tuesday (16 March) has plunged the ruling Labour Party into ferment, speculating who his successor will be.

  • Description

    The resignation of Britain's Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, on tuesday (16 March) has plunged the ruling Labour Party into ferment, speculating who his successor will be.

    Mr. Wilson's resignation takes effect as soon as the party has elected a new leader who will automatically become Britain's Prime Minister.

    Four men have emerged as the most likely challengers for succession and the name most mentioned in political circles in James Callaghan, Foreign Secretary since 1974 and a leading party stalwart since World War Two.

    The other three most discussed figures are the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey, whose economic polices have run him into collision with the party's left wing; the right-of-centre Home Secretary (Interior Minister), Roy Jenkins; and the leftwinger, tony Benn, now Energy Minister.

    Mr. Wilson will continue as a member of the Labour Party in the House of Commons but will take up on outside appointments. He has been leader of the party for 13 years and Prime Minister for almost eight years.

    Announcing his resignation, he said that in March, 1974, he decided he would remain in office for no more than two years. Mt. Wilson said that decision was "irrevocable".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9T40F21GHCS3Q5REPIAL2T0JT
    Media URN:
    VLVA9T40F21GHCS3Q5REPIAL2T0JT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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