A look back at events in Government around time of General Election.
Title: "CHANGING The GOVERNMENT. A PATHE GAZETTE novelty that good humouredly epitomises the situation".
L/S, looking over the River Thames, of the Houses of Parliament.
Still of Housing Minister, the image distorts and melts until it is unrecognisable. Various shots of melting photographs, presumably of prominent politicians. One photograph melts in reverse, revealing itself as a photographic portrait of Stanley Baldwin.
Intertitle: "And the General Election was announced by Royal Proclamation for Oct. 29th".
M/S of a crowd gathered on the steps of a large building with columns, a man in a white judge's wig reads from a scroll. M/S of the man reading from the scroll, he is surrounded by elderly men in long cloaks and tricorne hats. C/U of the man reading, we see the scroll has the words - A PROCLAMATION - written on it. Panning shot of the crowd listening to the proclamation. M/S, looking over the heads of the crowd, of the man in the wig walking down the steps of the building, many men tip their hats respectfully towards him.
Intertitle: "... on his way to the House where he announced Royal assent to the dissolution".
M/S of Ramsay MacDonald leaving no. 10 Downing Street with two men, a crowd of photographers, journalists and onlookers watch.
Intertitle: "The Premier leaves Buckingham Palace after interview with the King in his much discussed motor car - "
M/S of Ramsay MacDonald and his aides climb into a car outside of the gates to Buckingham Palace, a crowd jostles around to get a glimpse. C/U of Ramsay MacDonald. C/U of a man with a beard and a monocle - probably a Labour M.P. C/U of two women M.P.s - could be Susan Lawrence, Margaret Bondfield or Dorethea Jewson.
Note: this item reuses a lot of footage from earlier 1924 Gazette stories - please see record for LABOUR GOVERNMENT DEFEATED in G 1125 for cross references to other stories about both elections from this year. AH 2000.
Alternative spelling for search purposes - Ramsey McDonald.