The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
This film is part of Free
Time for Heroes
Staffordshire councillor Ian Wise is an idealist. He believes that politicians don't hold the power, the people do, but they let the politicians ride roughshod over them.
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Halmer End is a village on the edge of Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire. Labour councillor Ian Wise works full time in the local tea factory but also works tirelessly in representing the people of his ward. Those people and Wise's optimistic views on society, which go against the grain of the then ruling Conservative government, are the focus of this film shot in an area where entrenched feelings about the Labour movement stretch back to the General Strike of 1926.