Breaking her Scottish vacation, Her Majesty the Queen travelled back to London by train to be traditionally present in the capital when the British Government was prorogued Sept 18, in readiness for the Oct 8 General Election.
GV HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT.
LV QUEEN'S CAR LEAVING EUSTON STATION.
CU PROCLAMATION NOTICE.
GV CROWD AT EXCHANGE IN CITY.
SV AND ZOOM IN..TO SIR BRUCE LUMSDEN READING PROCLAMATION. (SOUND ON FILM).
LV TRAFFIC IN FOREGROUND OF PARLIAMENT.
SV M.P'S CAR LEAVING.
SV ANOTHER M.P'S CAR LEAVING.
LV M.P'S WALK THROUGH PARLIAMENT YARD.
SV MR.BEVAN WALKS THROUGH GATE.
LV MR.WILSON DITTO, PAN TO HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT.
SIX SHOTS..TORY MANIFESTO BEING PRINTED.
FOUR SHOTS..LABOUR PARTY POSTERS BEING PRINTED.
SEVEN SHOTS..LIBERAL LEAFLETS BEING PRINTED.
FIVE SHOTS..LIBERAL POSTERS BEING PRINTED.
CU ZOOM BACK..PENCILS BEING SHARPENED.
SV DITTO AND PUT IN BUNDLES.
SV MEN ERECT POLLING BOOTH TO RENOVATE.
CU DITTO, SCRAPING OFF PAPER ETC.,
SV BALLOT BOXES BEING RENOVATED.
SV DITTO AND PAN DOWN.
SV MACMILLAN OUT OF STATION, SHAKES HANDS.
ANGLE SHOT..SIGN "WOLVERHAMPTON".
GV MACMILLAN IN OPEN CAR PAST BIG CROWD.
SV CROWD CHEERING.
SCU MACMILLAN MAKES SPEECH.
STV GAITSKELL ARRIVES WANDSWORTH HALL.
SV DITTO AND ENTERS HALL.
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SV CROWD APPLAUDING.
SV GAITSKELL AT MICROPHONE, ON PLATFORM, RECEIVES FLOWERS.
SV CHURCHILL OUT OF CAR, AND LADY CHURCHILL JOINS HIM AT WOODFORD.
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Background: Breaking her Scottish vacation, Her Majesty the Queen travelled back to London by train to be traditionally present in the capital when the British Government was prorogued Sept 18, in readiness for the Oct 8 General Election.
The election campaign was officially launched the same day when Colonel Bruce Lumsdan, Common Cryer and Sergeant-at-Arms of the City of London, read the Royal Proclamation from the steps of the Royal Exchange.
In an hour-long flourish of ceremony and sentiment in the House of Commons Sept 18, Britain's 41st Parliament--since Britain's 1801 union with Ireland, from which the present counting system dates-held it's final session. Members were summoned to hear Ner Majesty's dissolution speech. Less than an hour later, the Queen's write went out to 630 parliamentary constituencies.
Since Premier Macmillan's flight to Balmoral to see the Queen, and his subsequent announcement of the election date, propaganda machines of all parties have been churning out manifestos, leaflets, posters, biographies and every method of convincing the prospective electorate that their way is the only way.
Conservative and Labour 'Big Guns'--Harold Macmillan and Hugh Gaitakell--opened the campaign proper with nation-wide tours of speeches in support of local candidates. At Wolverhampton, where he arrived Sept 23 after visiting six cotton belt towns during the morning, crowds of cheering, waving people greeted Mr Macmillan's affirmation of opposition to further nationalisation as proposed by the Labour Party. On the second leg of his 2,000 mile trip, Mr Hugh Gaitskell at Wandsworth, London, Sept 23 said; "It's a pity Mr Macmillan hasn't got the facts clear on Labour's plan for stopping the nuclear arms race."
Eldest and most famous Conservative Member is 85-year old Sir Winston Churchill. Speaking at Woodford, Essex, Sept 23, after his adoption as candidate said; "..for the leaders of nations to meet each other as they were doing now must be a good thing. Whether or not there were agreements, the chances of peace could only be increased by such meetings."
Muscles flexed, protagonists are now engrossed in a campaign of unparalleled intensity, determined that their party will wield power when Parliament re-assembles on Oct 20.