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Labour Party Election Broadcast (21 May 1987)


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Neil and Glenys Kinnock walk hand in hand over sea cliffs with Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' playing in the background. Kinnock says that the privilege of being strong is being able to help the less strong, and that those who are young and healthy can help others.

Kinnock's aunt Sadie Jones says that the letters 'MP' must stand for 'man of princple'. Kinnock discusses his father's reaction to him becoming an MP. His uncle Bill Kinnock outlines the family background. Neil Kinnock talks his mother's influence and the lesson she taught him that compassion needs to be combined with action. At the Labour Party Conference, Kinnock speaks about the disadvantaged.

Kinnock's parents died in 1971, and he talks about his sadness about their deaths, but also enthuses about his marriage to Glenys, which he describes as an equal partnership. Barbara Castle says that she and her husband spotted his potential early, initially wondered whether he was too young, but that he has comprehensively won them over and has steel in his heart.

Kinnock addresses the 1985 Labour Party Conference at Bournemouth, denouncing the activities of the Militant Tendency, to general applause and heckling from Derek Hatton. Kinnock's statement that one can't play politics with people's lives is cheered and applauded. John Smith praises his performance. Denis Healey compares Kinnock to Mikhail Gorbachev. James Callaghan says that William Pitt was young and inexperienced once, but it was a fault that he remedied every day.

Kinnock talks to supporters of St Helen's Rugby League Football Club, meets elderly people, holds a new born baby, and sings with a male voice choir. At the Welsh Labour Party Conference, he asks why he was the first Kinnock in generations to be able to go to university. He says that previous generations were not weak, but they had no platform on which they could stand.

After being applauded by Labour delegates, Kinnock says that his main objective is to give people confidence, because they are free.