Actress and film star Vanessa Redgrave is currently grabbing some of the limelight in Britain's general election campaign.
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QUESTION: "Does knowing about acting techniques help you in politics, in campaigning as you've been doing today?"
REDGRAVE: "Oh, I don't know. As revolutionary fighters, we fight to put through our policies, and to win men and women in the working class and the middle class to our policies, to join our party, which is the immediate necessity, to prepare for the threatening catastrophe which threatens the working class."
QUESTION: "What would you do if you did happen to get elected to Parliament?"
REDGRAVE: "Fight for Socialist policies inside Parliament. The main work would be outside Parliament. We would fight inside Parliament to expose the Labour Leaders, to drive out the Right into the Tories and Liberals where they belong, and to expose the Left -- and demand Socialist policies of them. But as we say in this election and always insist, Socialist policies cannot be won by a Vote. It needs to build... The workers have to build the Workers' Revolutionary Party into a mass party workers have to build the Workers' Revolutionary party into a mass party to take power and overthrow the Party system and take state power."
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Background: Actress and film star Vanessa Redgrave is currently grabbing some of the limelight in Britain's general election campaign. She's one of only 150 women standing for Parliament -- there are over 2,000 men -- but she's one of the most forceful personalities in the campaign.
She needs to be. The last time she stood for her Workers' Revolutionary Party she polled only 760 votes. Now she's back canvassing the same area -- Newham, a run-down working class area of East London.
Ten years ago, she was a member of the Labour Party. But she left it, disillusioned by the lack of radical policies, and has since thrown her energies into establishing the new Workers' Revolutionary Party, dedicated to the ideal of the working class taking over state power.
Reporter George Montgomery of the National Broadcasting Company asked Vanessa Redgrave about the campaign and her party's policies: