Amber Current Affairs Unit / Swingbridge Video, 1984, 31 mins

Reading the papers after Tony Benn died, it might have been hard to imagine that the press didn't always say nice things about him... In 1983 his Bristol South East constituency had disappeared in boundary changes and he's lost the General Election fight for Bristol East to the Conservative candidate. Just before the Miners' Strike of 1984, a by-election in Chesterfield saw him return to parliament against a hostile media campaign. Amber's Current Affairs Unit, working with Swingbridge Video, documented the grassroots approach of Benn and the local Labour Party activists - the doorstep canvassing, the workplace campaigning and the strategies they adopted to take on the media.


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