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Britain Belongs to You No. 2

Tony Benn fronts a vigorous report on the pressing issues of Labour's election campaign, from housing conditions to comprehensive education.

Party political broadcast 1959 20 mins


As a telerecording of a live broadcast, this update on the 1959 Labour campaign feels like a news bulletin, complete with film clips and interviews. Tony Benn presents, with contributions from Hugh Gaitskell, Wolf Mankowitz, Megan Lloyd George and the Evening Standard's cartoonist, 'Vicky'. A central focus on housing, tenancy agreements and home ownership gives the report a contemporary resonance.

This film survived in the form of a telerecording - a film recording of what was originally a live broadcast on the BBC - made by pointing a 16mm camera at a TV monitor as the programme was being televised.