Liberal Party leader, 41-year-old Jeremy Thorpe, an advocate of civil rights and racial harmony along with fairly radical general policies, is at present spearheading a vigorous Liberal programme of campaigning leading up to the British General Elections on June 18th.
MV Thorpe arrives by car at Orpington and greeted
MV Thorpe kisses young women workers
CV Sign Liberal House
GV Thorpe with Eric Lubbock and enters hall (2 shots)
CV Baby TO MV People around entrance
MV Thorpe at platform
CV Lubbock (candidate)
MV Thorpe speaking
MV People applauding
CU Union Jack PAN TO exterior hall
CV Lubbock farewells Liberal leader and car away
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 9: THORPE: "Right throughout the country there is this rising feeling of enthusiasm. People are saying lets get some Liberals back in the House of Commons to talk some sense. Sense about the need to have a wages policy which is tied to productivity so that we can get away from these appalling pay freezes we've had under both Labour and Conservative administrations....wage agreements tied to productivity so that we can get guaranteed growth in our economy to produce the money that we need for the hospitals, the schools, the roads, for the social services. This is what we want. You know it's an appalling thing that at this moment because they have learned how to handle the question of economic growth, the people of France, of Germany of Holland, of Luxembourg, of Belgium, of Norway, and Denmark...all have a higher standard of living than the people of the United Kingdom. It's a fact."
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Background: Liberal Party leader, 41-year-old Jeremy Thorpe, an advocate of civil rights and racial harmony along with fairly radical general policies, is at present spearheading a vigorous Liberal programme of campaigning leading up to the British General Elections on June 18th.
At Orpington, a Liberal stronghold south of London, Mr. Thorpe yesterday (Wednesday 3rd June) received an enthusiastic welcome at a rally organised by the electorate's Liberal candidate...and Party Whip...Mr. Eric Lubbock. The electorate has been a Liberal seat since Mr. Lubbock's shock by-election victory in 1962, and Mr. Thorpe hopes it will stay that way.
The Liberal Party is hopeful that its representation in the House of Commons will be increased from the 13 seats it has held up to now. Political observers see the possibility of the Liberal Party holding a balance of power if Labour or the Conservatives fail to win a clear majority in the House. Although sceptical of any post-election offers of coalition with his party, Mr. Thorpe obviously senses a chance for the Liberals to play a far more conspicuous role in the government of Britain than it has in recent years, and has chartered a helicopter to help him cover as much of the country as he can in the fortnight of campaigning, to talk about his policies. With a reputation for debating skill...he was president of the Oxford Union in 1951...Mr. Thorpe has propounded his policies to thousands of prospective voters. As might be expected at Orpington he had a receptive audience.