Elections in Britain
VHS Colour Sound 1994 9:23
Summary: A government video explaining the British electoral system.
Title number: 3395
Description: A By-Election in Dagenham in 1994, occurring simultaneously with the European elections, is used to illustrate the democratic process in action. James Fairrie, the Conservative candidate and Judith Church the Labour candidate for the constituency are filmed campaigning door to door and are interviewed regarding the issues they believe to be relevant in the election. Tony Travers of the London School of Economics explains the three levels of electoral politicians in the UK: the members of the European Parliament at Strasbourg, the Members of the British Parliament at Westminster, and the local councillors within a Borough. Roy Cottle of Barking & Dagenham Council explains the financial costs of holding an election and the first past the post system electoral system. Sandra Cottle of Barking & Dagenham Council reveals the process by which ballot boxes are dealt with before, during and after voting. Chris Chambers of LBC radio talks about reporting on election results. During the video there is incidental footage of a suburban housing estate in Dagenham, the Broadway Theatre, Eastbury Manor House and Dagenham Heathway Station. The video ends with the Mayor of Dagenham announces the by-election results on Thursday June 9th 1994 in which Judith Church was victorious.
Credits: Sponsor: Central Office of Information
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Barking and Dagenham; Dagenham