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    TWO OF THE THREE BRITISH LABOUR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SENT OUT OF RHODESIA AFTER A VISIT WHICH INCLUDED A MEETING WITH MR.

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    AIRCRAFT ARRIVING; MPs LEAVING PLANE; SOF INTERVIEW WITH MR. DAVID, M.P.



    TRANSCRIPT



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU HAD NA AUDIENCE WITH MR. SMITH - HOW DID YOU FIND HIM?"



    MR. ENNALS: "WELL, I MUST SAY I THOUGHT WE FOUND HIM VERY UNEASY. HE SAID THAT HE WAS ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENT; HE SAID THAT THE TRADE FIGURES WERE ENCOURAGING; HE SAID THAT ALL THE LEADERS OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE WERE PAINTING A ROSY PICTURE TO HIM. BUT, FRANKLY, WE SPOKE TO MOST OF THE LEADERS OF TRADE AND COMMERCE AND NOT ONLY DID THEY TELL US OF THE VERY GRIM AND PICTURE THAT THEY COULD SEE AHEAD, BUT THEY TOLD US THAT THE HAVE TOLD MR. SMITH. MR. SMITH KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, BUT HE'S TRYING TO KEEP THE SPIRITS OF HIMSELF AND EVERYONE UP. HE CAN'T DO IT FOR VERY LONG. HE SAID AT THE TIME OF UDI THAT THE SANCTIONS WOULD JUST BE A NINE-DAY WONDER. WE ASKED HIM IF HE STILL THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE A NINE DAY WONDER AND HE ADMITTED THAT THEY WERE NOT. THEY HAD ESCALATED BEYOND WHAT HE HAD EXPECTED AT THAT TIME".



    INTERVIEWER: "WHY DO YOU THINK YOU WERE ALL ORDERED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY?"



    MR. ENNALS: "BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T STAND THE PACE, FRANKLY"



    INTERVIEWER: "CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT MORE?"



    MR. ENNALS: "YES, INDEED. WE HAD INTRODUCED INTO RHODESIA THE FIRST FREE AND OPEN CRITICISM OF THE SMITH REGIME REALLY SINCE UDI AND THEY JUST COULDN'T STAND UP TO IT. WE GOT IMMENSE SUPPORT FROM ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE IN RHODESIA AND THE PARTICULAR PEOPLE IN THE REGIME WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE WANTER TO TAKE, WE GATHERED, A LOT MORE SEVERE ACTION THAN MERELY EXPULSION"



    INTERVIEWER: "THANK YOU VERY MUCH".




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    Background: TWO OF THE THREE BRITISH LABOUR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SENT OUT OF RHODESIA AFTER A VISIT WHICH INCLUDED A MEETING WITH MR. IAN SMITH, LEADER OF THE BREAK-AWAY GOVERNMENT, AND A SCUFFLE DURING A MEETING WITH WHITE RHODESIANS, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY. IN AN INTERVIEW, THEY ALSO THEY HAD FOUND MR. SMITH "VERY UNEASY".

    MR. DAVID ENNALS AND DR. JEREMY BRAY, WHO RETURNED BY AIR TODAY, HAD BEEN IN SALISBURY WITH MR. CHRISTOPHER ROWLAND. ALL THREE WERE MAN-HANDLED DURING A SCUFFLE WITH WHITE RHODESIANS AT A HOTEL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY. LATER, THE RHODESIAN GOVERNMENT SAID THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD1EGDK3DBH3CNPWI0X39ZN71K
    Media URN:
    VLVAD1EGDK3DBH3CNPWI0X39ZN71K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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