• Short Summary

    ARRIVING BACK IN LONDON THIS AFTERNOON, (FRIDAY) AFTER HIS BY-ELECTION VICTORY IN SCOTLAND, THE PRIME MINISTER SIR ALEC DOUGLAS HOME - NOW MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR KINROSS AND WEST PERTHSHIRE.

  • Description

    1.
    SV HOME LEAVES PLANE IS GREETED.
    0.11

    2.
    SV PRESS.
    0.13

    3.
    SV HOME LEAVES.
    0.16

    4.
    CU HOME SPEAKS. (SOF)
    1.38

    5.
    CU PRESS.
    1.40

    6.
    SV HOME INTO CAR, CAR AWAY (3 SHOTS)
    1.56

    7.
    CU WILSON'S STATEMENT. (SOF)
    2.45


    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANY POSSIBILITY OR DESIRABILITY OF REOPENING NEGOTIATIONS ON BRITAIN'S ENTRY INTO THE COMMON MARKET?"



    SIR ALEC : "WELL, I HAVE SAID SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST WEEKS OR SO, AND I THINK THAT THE POSITION IS QUITE PLAIN. IT IS THAT WHETHER WE WANT TO OR NOT, WE COULDN'T GET IN BEFORE A GENERAL ELECTION. I CAN'T TELL YOU WHETHER THE CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR FOR US TO GET IN. IF THEY DID, IT WOULD BE FOR PARLIAMENT TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER WE WANTED TO GO IN OR NOT."



    SIR ALEC : "THERE MUST BE CONSTRUCTIVE CO-EXISTENCE REALLY, OR CONDITIONS WOULD DEGENERATE INTO WAR... AND I PROFOUNDLY HOPE THAT THAT WON'T BE SO. WE HAVE CERTAINLY A SERIOUS BUSINESS OVER BERLIN... BUT THEN, I WILL BE PARTICULARLY HOPEFUL IN THIS MR. BUTLER'S FIELD AS FOREIGN SECRETARY, FOR A DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE TO PUT FORWARD CERTAIN POINTS OF VIEW... ONLY THE OTHER DAY IN NEW YORK I DISCUSSED THE VARIOUS POSSIBILITIES WITH MR GROMYKO, INCLUDING OF COURSE THE BORDERS OF THE WARSAW PART AREAS."



    INTERVIEWER : "SIR ALEC, THANK YOU VERY MUCH."



    INTERVIEWER: "IF YOU WERE PRIME MINISTER, HOW DO YOU THINK THESE RESULTS WOULD AFFECT YOUR THINKING ABOUT A GENERAL ELECTION?"



    WILSON: "WELL I DON'T THINK NECESSARILY THROUGH THE MIND OF A CONSERVATIVE LEADER WANTING TO KEEP THE CONSERVATIVES IN POWER. I KNOW WHAT HE SHOULD BE ASKING NOW, WHETHER LUTON ABOVE ALL, AND A WHOLE SUCCESSION OF BY-ELECTIONS OVER THE PAST YEAR, DO NOT PROVE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS TOTALLY LOST AUTHORITY TO GOVERN, THAT BRITAIN'S STANDING ABROAD IS FAR LESS THAN IT SHOULD BE, BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEN NOT TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE ELECTORATE. AND I THINK THIS PROVES CONCLUSIVELY THAT IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST, WHATEVER HE MAY CONCEIVE TO BE HIS PARTY INTEREST, THERE SHOULD NOW ARE A GENERAL ELECTION SO THAT WHAT EVER GOVERNMENT IS IN POWER - CONSERVATIVE OR LABOUR IT SHALL BE SEEN TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY BEHIND IT."




    Initials JM/V/WH/JG JM/V-T-REC/WH/LW



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ARRIVING BACK IN LONDON THIS AFTERNOON, (FRIDAY) AFTER HIS BY-ELECTION VICTORY IN SCOTLAND, THE PRIME MINISTER SIR ALEC DOUGLAS HOME - NOW MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR KINROSS AND WEST PERTHSHIRE.

    THE PRIME MINISTER'S RETURN TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WITH A MAJORITY OF 9,000 IS A WELCOME BOOST TO THIS PARTY'S MORALE AFTER THE LOSS OF THEIR SEAT IN THE LUTON BY-ELECTION, ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY.

    SPEAKING AT THE AIRPORT, SIR ALEC RE-STATED HIS GOVERNMENT'S POLICY ON THE POSSIBILITIES OF FUTURE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMON MARKET AND THE PROBLEM OF EAST-WEST CO-EXISTENCE.

    LATER, MR. HAROLD WILSON, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY, REFERRING TO HIS PARTY'S VICTORY AT LUTON, CALLED FOR A GENERAL ELECTION AT ONCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8DIY2V55TA7XPB6A44CBZWKCG
    Media URN:
    VLVA8DIY2V55TA7XPB6A44CBZWKCG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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