The normally quiet streets of London seethed with 'un-English' activity today as mounted police drove into the crowds round the St Panoras Town Hall to disperse the rival supporters of the Socialist and Union Movement parties.
CUE: (NEXT SHOT) LAWRENCE SPEAKING
CUE: (NEXT SHOT) LAWRENCE ON PLATINUM
CUE: (NEXT SHOT) SCUFFLING AND POLICE
CUE: (AFTER HORSES KEEPING BACK CROWD) MRS. JEGER.
CUE: (NEXT SHOT) POLICE MOVE IN
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Background: The normally quiet streets of London seethed with 'un-English' activity today as mounted police drove into the crowds round the St Panoras Town Hall to disperse the rival supporters of the Socialist and Union Movement parties.
A total of 14 people have been detained, including Councillor Lawrence, the leader of the Socialist controlled St Panoras Borough Council, and two women Councillors.
The fracas began when Councillor Lawrence appeared at noon with other members of the Trades Council, which had organised a meeting to take place in nearby Ossulton Street. Two hours previously a Union Movement stand had been erected, and on sight of Councillor Lawrence and his party the speaker began to address the crowd. All this tool place beneath the red flag that had been hoisted from the St. Panoras Town Hall some five hours previously, and against a panoply of students who marched around waving the Union Jack. A nearby barrow boy selling fruit beneath a Union Jack announced on a hand-painted placard 'No connection with the shower up the road'.
Shortly before 1 pm Mrs. Lena Jeger, the Socialist M.P. for Holborn and St. Panoras South arrived. After conversations with the Superintendent of Police she announced that she would speak, and was assisted on the the rostrum. Immediately Union Movement supporters raised Union Jacks, and ;Rule Britannia' rang out once again.
During this time a quiet man was ringing the St. Pancras town Hall to ask what these flag of Zanzibar - a plain red flag with no decorations- was doing, flying over St. Pancras.
At the request of the police, Mrs. Jeger out short her speech and mounted police cleared the road.