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Conservative Conference - Joe Ashton
Who could be better placed to report from the Tory party conference at the height of Mrs Thatcher's powers, than the outspoken Labour MP Joe Ashton?
Current affairs 1983 10 mins
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Joe Ashton appears to relish the chance to attack the Tories at their party conference but the Conservative front bench, including Thatcher, Heseltine and Lawson, are notably absent from his interrogations. Conservative MP Cecil Parkinson's misdemeanour is the elephant in the room at this conference, but Ashton's biggest surprise comes when he encounters a group of proudly Tory trade unionists.
A few months after victory in the 1983 General Election the Conservatives gathered for their autumn conference in Blackpool. Previously riding high in the polls their support had been cut by the recent appointment of Neil Kinnock as Labour leader and a scandal surrounding the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Cecil Parkinson. Joe Ashton was the Labour MP for Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire from 1968 until 2001.
Never Mind The Ballots
Vote for Froglet
Children's 1974 7 mins
As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.
Coventry North West By-election
News 1976 5 mins Location: Coventry
Who's who in the 1976 Coventry North West by-election. A vital campaign for a former industrial centre now in economic crisis.
Bolton Election Result
Non-Fiction 1912 1 mins Silent Location: Bolton
Women's Suffrage campaigners make their mark in a key by-election
Pike's Cine-Sound Pictorial Composite Reel No. 5
Non-Fiction 1986 19 mins Location: Pickering
Another example of a by-election protest vote as David Steel arrives to address the Pickering populace as the Liberals gain a famous victory in the middle of Thatcher’s rule.
Thinking about People
Party political broadcast 1965 10 mins
A Liberal dose of electioneering in this unmissable party political broadcast - an example of 1960s live TV saved on film.
Red Tape Farm
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1927 7 mins Silent
Mr Nosey Parker visits farmer John Barleycorn to tell him how to do his job in this witty Conservative Party campaigning cartoon.
Windsor Safari Park and a visit to Blackpool
Amateur film 1971 5 mins Silent Location: Windsor
Join the Lee family as they tour Windsor Safari Park and its famous Dolphinarium in this film from 1971. Then follow them to Blackpool Beach for pony trekking and donkey rides.
Promotional 1973 1 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Hold on tight! We're off, riding the wooden rollercoaster at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach.
The Lancashire Way
Advert 1948 4 mins Location: Nelson
A tribute to Lancashire, land of industry, leisure, sublime landscape - and laundry detergent
Easter Holiday Scenes
Non-Fiction 1929 8 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
It’s Easter and men, women and children all over England enjoy a day out, be it on the beach, at the races or at the zoo
Hendon of the North
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Blackpool goes plane crazy
Piers of the Realm
Amateur film 1992 7 mins Location: Southport
A concise and colourful history of the feature that every seaside resort should have.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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