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  1. Reginald Prentice on Labour splits (1981)

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    Interview

    Interview with Conservative MP Reginald Prentice, who defected from the Labour Party in 1977, about the recent splits in the Labour Party as members such as Shirley Williams leave to form a new party, the...

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  2. Shirley Williams leaves Labour (1981)

    Genre
    Interview

    Interview with members of the Labour Party National Executive Committee Eric Heffer and Joan Lestor, criticising colleague Shirley Williams for her decision to leave the party. Male interviewer not identified.

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  3. SDP launch in London (1981)

    Genre
    News report; Press conference; Speech

    Report from the launch at the Connaught Rooms in London of the new Social Democratic Party (SDP). Speakers include: William (Bill) Rodgers; Shirley Williams; Dr David Owen. Female reporter not identified...

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  4. Bill Sirs on rumours that ISTC may join SDP (1981)

    Genre
    Interview

    Bill Sirs of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC) on rumours that the union will join the Social and Democratic Party (SDP). He says we all have rogue elephants in our midst. Male interviewer not...

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  5. John Butterfill on candidacy in Croydon North West by-election (1981)

    Genre
    Interview

    Conservative MP, John Butterfill on his candidacy in the Croydon North West by-election. He says Shirley Williams would have been a more difficult opponent than Bill Pitt. Male interviewer not identified.

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  6. Riots across UK (1981)

    Genre
    News report; Special

    Report on political reaction to rioting and looting across cities in the UK from Leader of the House of Commons Francis Pym, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Shirley Williams of the SDP; and on latest...

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  7. Alliance squabble over candidate selection (1981)

    Genre
    News report; Interview

    Report on problems in the Liberal-SDP Alliance over selection of candidates to represent them in elections. Speaking are David Steel, Liberal Party leader (on Weekend World on ITV); SDP member Dick Taverne....

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  8. Liberal conference-membership of SDP (1981)

    Genre
    Interview

    Interview with a Liberal Party delegate at their conference in Llandudno on make-up of members of the SDP; support for the Labour Party and how the Conservative Party is more vulnerable to a third party...

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  9. David Steel on Croydon by-election win (1981)

    Genre
    Interview

    Interview with Liberal Party leader David Steel about the SDP-Liberal Alliance Croydon North West by-election win and how it bodes well for the future of the party including the upcoming Crosby by-election....

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  10. Shirley Williams elected as Crosby MP (1981)

    Genre
    News report; Interview

    Report on the election of SDP candidate Shirley Williams as the new MP for Crosby and her first day in the House of Commons. Includes interview with Anthony Hill, Liberal Party candidate. Male reporter not...

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