24 January 1971
Edward Heath (main photo above), the Prime Minister, denied that he intended to call a General Election to secure a larger majority to deal with the Industrial Relations Bill. Harold Wilson, the Leader of the Opposition, said “if they think that it is better to have an election now because the unemployment and cost of living figures will be even worse after, then we will be ready for them”.
Tom Jackson, the General Secretary of the Union of Post Office Workers, said that there was no threat of the postal strike crumbling. He said that the union opposed businesses using “blackleg” labour to try and get their letters sent out, saying that he hoped railmen, lorry drivers and telephone engineers would help bring alternative postal communications to a halt.