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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta WIU... Alberta Socreds admit confusion about future EDMONTON (CP) Less than three years ago, Alber- ta's Social Credit Party held 54 of the 65 legislature seats and appeared firmly entrench- ed by 36 consecutive years in power Today they holo 24 seats, have just lost an important byelection and a well- regarded house leader. Privately, some of them ad- mit to utter confusion about their political future. There is public disagree- ment between some party MLAs and their leader Werner Schmidt, who replac- ed former premier Harry Strom last January There are reports that a few Social Credit MLAs are talk- ing privately of a breakaway movement, a switch in party allegiance or a move to sit as independents. The party's latest public troubles came in mid-August when Jim Henderson, a sharp- tongued veteran of the legisla- ture and former health minis- ter, wrote a letter to his caucus members to announce his resignation as house leader. Mr Henderson, 46, a petro- leum engineer representing Wetaskiwin-Leduc, gave no reasons for his resignation, saying only it was time for "a lot of soul searching WENT FISHING He added that his reasons will be disclosed to party members at a caucus Then he left for a fishing holiday. The next party caucus is scheduled Tuesday Mr. Henderson became house leader at the start of the spring session of the legislature because Mr. Schmidt did not have a seat. Mr Schmidt, 40, who resigned as academic vice- president of Lethbndge Com- munity College to become leader, tried in August to gain a seat However, he finished second in the Calgary Foothills byelection to a Progressive Conservative, Stewart McCrae. son inherits hotseat BLACKPOOL, England (AP) A farmhand's son inherited the hotseat of the British labor movement Fri- day and prepared for an almost immediate con- frontation with Prime Minister Edward Heath's government Lionel