Britain's election campaign not off to an official start on Monday (23 September). All three?
Britain's election campaign not off to an official start on Monday (23 September). All three major party leaders met the press in turn and the ruling Labour Party -- tipped as favcurites to win the 10 October election -- fielded a formidable array of Government Ministers and Prime Minister Harold Wilson at the first of its daily press conference. This film includes statements by the Prime Minister and by Finance Minister Denis Healey.
All big parties have agreed inflation is the central theme of the second election this year.
Mr. Wilson, who has led a minority government since the last election in February, re-affirmed on Monday that he called the new vote to get a strong majority to help him get Britain out of economic trouble.
Conservative Opposition Leader Edward Heath appealed for national unity and Said his party was the only one putting forward a policy of co-operation with other party leaders to cure economic ills.
Liberal Leader, Jeremy Thorpe, seemed more concerned to underline his Party's chances of continuing to increase its small share of Britain's electoral support.
At the adjournment of Parliament, the Labour Party had two hundred and ninety-eight seats, the opposition Conservative Party two hundred and ninety-six and the Liberal Party fifteen.