Fitt and Kilfedder on the Campaign Front, 1966

Fitt and Kilfedder on the Campaign Front, 1966

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West Belfast




Production 29/03/1966


09min 20sec


mute, sound



black and white


Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2


Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

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Jim Kilfedder and Gerry Fitt canvas on the streets of West Belfast ahead of the election the next day. Jim Kilfedder paints Gerry Fitt as a Republican rather than a Labour candidate. The contrast in their styles is well shown in this film. 

Gerry Fitt is interviewed on his intentions after the election and his chances of winning. He currently held two positions and may have to decide if he could keep all three should he win. We also see him canvassing on the streets of west Belfast and he urges the people to get out to vote.  


Gerry Fitt was the successful Republican Labour candidate for West Belfast who continued to represent the constituency until 1983. Fitt would later become the first leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), a position he held until 1979. James Kilfedder the defeated Unionist candidate for West Belfast would later represent North Down, first for the Ulster Unionists and later as leader of the Ulster Popular Unionist Party. All 12 MPs elected in 1964 also ran in the 1966 election and only Kilfedder was defeated.


An Ulster Television Production.



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