INTRODUCTION: Britain's opposition Labour Party has been split by a battle between its Left and Right wings.
LV Labour march in Birmingham
SV Marchers including Party leader Michael Foot and deputy Dennis Healey
SV Tony Benn and wife on march
GV PAN Marchers
SV Margaret Thatcher puppet
GV Audience at rally applauding
SCU Benn speaking
GV PAN Audience applauds
SCU Dennis Healey taking microphone as hecklers start shouting
GV Heckling from crowd as Healey speaks PAN FROM audience TO Healey
GV PAN Hecklers shouting as Healey continues
SCU Foot addressing crowd
SEQ. 7: BENN: "We will be returned with an enormous majority in the next Parliament, and then we can begin the task, not just of replacing a Tory Cabinet with a Labour Cabinet, for whoever runs capitalism will be bound to be driven to us the working class to pay the price for an economic system they did not invent and have never controlled. But to change our society and to make it a society that really does justice to our people, and brings peace and jobs and greater freedom. Good luck, thank you very much."
SEQ. 10: HEALEY: "Half an hour ago, the indicators there showed unemployment reaching three million. In fact, unemployment is already nearer four million. We must give our people work. Everyone knows the Conservative Party will never produce full employment. The Liberal Congress yesterday...."
SEQ. 12: FOOT: "Comrades, we belong to a Democratic Party. Those of you who've been shouting Dennis down, you're playing the Tory game."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Britain's opposition Labour Party has been split by a battle between its Left and Right wings. The deputy leader of the party, Dennis Healey, is being challenged for his post by left-wing contender Tony Benn -- and a vote will be taken at the Labour Conference on September 27th. At a rally in Birmingham on Saturday (19 September) Mr. Benn was cheered while Mr. Healey was heckled by sections of the crowd.
SYNOPSIS: The rally was preceded by a march through the streets of Birmingham, Britain's second largest city. It was staged to oppose the policies of the ruling Conservative Party -- particularly the high unemployment which the Labour Party has blamed on the government's economic programme.
Among the marchers were the leader of the Labour Party, Michael Foot and his present deputy, Mr. Healey. Mr. Foot has consistently supported Mr. Healey, a moderate, but Tony Benn is preferred by strong left-wing elements in the party.
Supporters of both Mr. Healey and Mr. Benn claim their candidate has enough votes to win the contest for deputy leadership at the Labour Conference. Mr. Foot has urged Labour Party members to concentrate on attacking the Conservatives -- symbolised at the rally by a puppet of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
First to speak, on Labour hopes for election victory, was Mr. Benn.
Mr. Benn's speech received an enthusiastic response. His name was chanted by the crowd in Birmingham's Aston Park as he left the platform. But the five thousand people in the audience were more hostile to Mr. Healey. They started booing and heckling him before he had a chance to begin his speech -- and carried on their interruptions throughout the address.