• Short Summary

    AN ATTRACTIVE BRUNETTE FROM GIBRALTAR HAS DECIDED TO CONTEST THE PARLIAMENTARY SEAT OCCUPIED AT PRESENT BY BRITAIN'S SOCIALIST FOREIGN MINISTER, MR MICHAEL STEWART.

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    MISS SHERIFF IN HER CONSTITUENCY CANVASSING.




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    Background: AN ATTRACTIVE BRUNETTE FROM GIBRALTAR HAS DECIDED TO CONTEST THE PARLIAMENTARY SEAT OCCUPIED AT PRESENT BY BRITAIN'S SOCIALIST FOREIGN MINISTER, MR MICHAEL STEWART. MISS ELISA SHERIFFE, WHO IS 29 YEARS OLD, IS STANDING AS AN INDEPENDENT LIBERAL BECAUSE, SHE FEARS BRITAIN WILL HAND GIBRALTAR OVER TO SPAIN.

    MISS SHERIFF, JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR OF A LONDON BEAUTY CONSULTANT FIRM, WAS BORN IN GIBRALTAR AND HAS LIVED IN BRITAIN FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS.

    MR. STEWART IS AT PRESENT MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR LONDON'S FULHAM CONSTITUENCY BY THE SLENDER MAJORITY OF 4,946 VOTES.

    MISS SHERIFF ESTIMATES THAT THERE ARE BETWEEN 3,000 AND 4,000 GIBRALTARIANS LIVING IN FULHAM AND THAT IF ALL VOTED FOR HER - WHILE SHE WOULD NOT NECESSARILY GET A SEAT IN PARLIAMENTARY - SHE COULD UNSEAT THE FOREIGN SECRETARY.

    A CONSERVATIVE, MR. MICHAEL GRYLLS, IS ALSO FIGHTING THE SEAT.

    MISS SHERIFF SAYS SHE IS ANGRY WITH BRITAIN'S FAILURE TO PROTECT GIBRALTAR FROM WHAT SHE ALLEGES HAS BEEN AN ECONOMIC SEIGE CONDUCTED BY SPAIN, WHICH IS CLAIMING THE RIGHT TO TAKE OVER THE PENINSULA. SHE SAID, "I AM AMAZED THAT WHILE THE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO TALK TO MR. IAN SMITH IN RHODESIA UNTIL HE RETURNS TO LEGAL WAYS, IT HAS JUST ANNOUNCED ITS WILLINGNESS TO TALK TO GENERAL FRANCO IN SPAIN, EVEN AS GIBRALTAR IS BEING SLOWLY CHOCKED TO DEATH."
    SHE CLAIMS THAT MR. STEWART HAS CLIMBED DOWN IN THE FACE OF ARGUMENT WITH SPAIN. "WHAT IS THERE TO TALK ABOUT? THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR IS AS BRITISH AS THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER," SHE SAID.

    BUT IT'S NOT ONLY OVER GIBRALTAR THAT MISS SHERIFF WILL BE FIGHTING THE SEAT. SHE IS STANDING ALSO FOR THE PLACE OF WOMAN IN SOCIETY - ON SUCH ISSUES AS EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK, EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY IN THE PROFESSIONS AND IN INDUSTRY; AND LAW REFORM FOR THE PROTECTION OF MARRIED WOMEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3VWTP151DLUJXMEBUM1086ITX
    Media URN:
    VLVA3VWTP151DLUJXMEBUM1086ITX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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