Winston Churchill speaking to a large crowd at Woodford, London.
Several shots of the crowd applauding at Conservatives meeting at Woodford, London. Churchill on speaker's rostrum. LS. Communists attempting to break up the meeting and being led away. LS. Chairman announcing Winston Churchill, crowd applauding. Churchill begins speech - natural sound: "Mr chairman, ladies and gentlemen, friends and constituents, I agree most heartily with what our chairman has said of how much we feel the change in our constituency ... but I'm very glad indeed for what we have here... As I have said four-fifths of both parties agree on four-fifths of what should be done, and after all, we all sink or swim together on our perilous voyage and ever accelerating into the unknown. It certainly was a fine thing to see the great Trades Union pronounce so clearly upon the need of building up the defence of Britain as one of the United Nations of the free world and I hope our policy of keeping rearmament within the bounds of national solvency will also commend itself to sensible men and women throughout the country. Wise statesmanship has also been shown at Margate on the vital question of wage restraint so important to our renewed export drive... and next year... I will first speak to you about the transport bill. It is not generally realised what a small part of our road transport has been taken over by the state. Only 41,000 lorries had been acquired out of total of over a million mercantile road vehicles. Only 41,000 out of over a million... I was however, astonished to learn that over... now what is a "C" licence. It means.... or having their own vehicles which they can only use to carry their own goods instead of to take the services... larger types... capable to carry heavier loads... this increase is the best indication of how dissatisfied... and efficient instrument... then it can be in the hands of a vast, unwieldily... obsolete and fallacious socialist theory... we do not think there would be any centralised public corporation. We do not think there will be any difficulty in transferring the 40,000 vehicles back to private ownership, thus making the interchange of good between man and man throughout the our island more smooth, more easy and fertile to the public welfare then anything we are likely to see under the present arrangement for there I try to explain this to you and it is what we believe we have the power to do and what we are resolved to do in the coming session of Parliament. Then there is steel. This vital industry was nationalised with many doubts by the Socialist Party last spring against... Fortunately as I think and we think hear this evening, fortunately we got into power in time to preserve the separate identity and independence of the great steel companies whose world wide reputation and trade connections constitute such an important national asset to Britain... we got into... we were passing... another form of incentive is a possibility of having an still more of owning home of your own where a family can live and grow and have its own front door which none may pass except by invitation or with proper warrant. Insufficient and bad housing is a hindrance to production, and this is especially true in times of rearmament where people have to move about... More than that, it is destructive of happiness and morality and is a reproach to a Christian nation... not to be able to find proper dwellings for its people, old or young and especially young couples who wish to found a family under their own roof three. Ladies and gentlemen, we have had one heavy loss, which I think might have been avoided by courage and firmness. We have been robbed by violence of the Persian Oil Industry which we created and from which Persia had derived such great benefit and could derive even greater benefit. I was happy the other day to join President Truman in presenting new proposals to Doctor Masaryck for solving the deadlock resulting from our expulsion from Abadan. These are fair and reasonable proposals and they were put forward upon the authority of the British and American Governments. I trust they will be given the attention with their constructive character and serious purpose should command. It is a good thing for all the world to see Britain and the United States in agreement and working together hand in hand. It quite remains me of the great times not so long ago... two things about which there is no doubt. The first is that the American system has produced two candidates for the presidency who are in character and ability two of their finest men... of which any country would be proud, and the second is that whichever of them wins, the Unites States will not abandon the mission of leading the free nations in resistance to Communist aggression, and that the solid foundations of the English speaking world will grow broader and deeper and stronger as the years roll by." Crowd applauding. Various shots of the people listening are seen during Mr Churchill's speech.
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Date found in the old record - 06/09/1952. Speech is chopped up, occasionally lacks in consistency. Natural sound only.