• Short Summary

    A BRITAIN ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE "MOST EXCITING PERIOD OF ECONOMIC GROWTH THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER KNOWN" WAS FORECAST BY SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

  • Description

    A BRITAIN ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE "MOST EXCITING PERIOD OF ECONOMIC GROWTH THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER KNOWN" WAS FORECAST BY SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME TODAY (WEDNESDAY). THE BRITISH PRIME MINSTER WAS CONTINUING HIS BID TO GET INTO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. HE GAVE UP HIS PEERAGE LAST WEEK.

    SIX OTHERS ARE TRYING TO GET INTO THE COMMONS BEFORE HIM. THE CONSTITUENCY THEY ALL WANT TO REPRESENT IS THE KINROSS AND WEST PERTHSHIRE, WHERE THE BY-ELECTION CAMPAIGN IS IN FULL SWING.

    THE PRESENCE OF THE PRIME MINISTER HAS STIRRED UP A FEVER OF VERBAL SKIRMISHES IN THIS RURAL SCOTTISH AREA. FROM THE MIST-SHROUDED HIGHLANDS, THE LEGENDARY CASTLES AND THE PROUD STONE HOUSES IN THE WOODED GLENS HAVE COME KILTED GENTRY, SHEPHERDS IN WEATHER-SOILED CAPS AND GAMEKEEPERS IN PLUS FOURS (STYLED THE SAME AS KNICKBOCKERS) TO REMIND SIR ALEC OF PROBLEMS FAR REMOVED FROM THE LOFTY ISSUES INVOLVING RUSSIA AND THE WEST.

    CRIEFF, NOT FAR FROM THE FAMOUS HOTEL AND GOLFLINKS AT GLENEAGLES, IS THE CENTRE OF THE CAMPAIGN. FROM HERE, THE SEVEN CANDIDATES ARE POURING OUT THEIR PLEAS FOR VOTES. ALONG THE NARROW HIGH STREET ARE THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE THREE BIGGEST PARTIES: THE CONSERVATIVE AND UNIONIST, LABOUR AND LIBERAL. POSTERS ARE PLASTERED EVERYWHERE.

    MR ARTHUR DONALDSON, WHO UNSUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT THE 1959 GENERAL ELECTION, REPRESENTS THE SCOTTISH NATIONALISTS. HIS PARTY HAS BEEN CANVASSING FOR VOTES BY BROADCASTS OVER THE PIRATE RADIO SCOTLAND. HE HAS INVITED THE OTHER CANDIDATES TO DO LIKEWISE.

    MR WILLIAM RUSHTON, A TELEVISION SATIRIST, HAS TEMPORARILY GIVEN UP HIS WEEKLY SNIPES AT THE SO-CALLED ESTABLISHMENT TO STAND SOLELY AS AN ANTI-DOUGLAS-HOME CANDIDATE. HE IS TRYING TO WOO VOTERS WITH POSTERS DEPICTING A DEATH'S HEAD OF SIR ALEC AND THE SAME AS A PUPPET.

    SIR ALEC HAS NOT WASTED TIME GETTING INTO THE HURLY-BURLY OF THE CAMPAIGN. HE, ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE, HAS BEEN MAKING A WHISTLE-STOP TOUR, MAKING SPEECHES IN CLASSROOMS AND HALLS, AT ROAD JUNCTIONS AND CLEARINGS, AND ON GRASS EMBANKMENTS AND SHOP STEPS. TODAY, AT CRIEFF, HE RAN INTO MR RUSHTON, WHO THRUST HIS HAND INTO SIR ALEC'S AND ASKED HIM IF HE WOULD BE STANDING AGAIN AT THE GENERAL ELECTION. "WAIT AND SEE," REPLIED SIR ALEC WITH A SMILE.

    POLLING IS ON NOVEMBER 7 AND THE RESULT WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING DAY.

    THE CANDIDATES ARE:--
    SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME (CONSERVATIVE & UNIONIST); ANDREW FOR RESTER (LABOUR PARTY); DUNCAN MILLAR (LIBERAL PARTY); ARTHUR DONALDSON(SCOTTISH NATIONALIST PARTY); WILLIAM RUSHTON (INDEPENDENT); IAN SMITH (INDEPENDENT); AND RICHARD WORT (INDEPENDENT).

    IN A THREE-CORNERED FIGHT AT THE 1959 GENERAL ELECTION, THE RESULT WAS:W.G.LEBURN (C & U) 16,256; J.G.MACKENZIE (LABOUR) 4,008; A. DONALDSON (S.N.) 3,568. C & U MAJORITY: 12,248.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAQ120U8PK9AGIR06PKUAA4ZXO
    Media URN:
    VLVAQ120U8PK9AGIR06PKUAA4ZXO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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