Interview with Raymond Blackburn on leaving Labour Party.
Chipstead, Kent & London.
This is a print of Mr Blackburn's speech (INTERVIEW WITH RAYMOND BLACKBURN - UN 2278 A - Film ID 2308.20 ) which is transferred for its better sound quality.
The herbaceous border in the garden. Mr Blackburn walks into picture and starts speaking - natural sound: 'It is with a very sad heart that I have left the Labour Party, but this is not a time for party politics. We face a situation far more dangerous even that those desperate days of 1940. We must have a National Government and we must call in one of the greatest men of all time, Mr Winston Churchill, and give him a chance to prevent the war, which he would have prevented if he'd been made Prime Minister before 1939.' CU. 'We must be a united country. We live in the age of lack of faith but we must find the faith in ourselves and in our great country, which has often saved the world from danger and which I think will once again show itself an example to the whole world. We must retain the great things that the Labour Party has done, but we must also under a national government, succeed in unifying our people and thereby showing that we stand where we stood in 1940. There is no need for war. The war can be avoided, but it can only be avoided by the united strength, the determination, the vigour, and the enterprise of the British people.'
(Comb.Orig.Neg.) (A- Neg. B- B/W print for good sound.)
Date found in the old record - 07/08/1950. Natural sound only - the speech.