• Short Summary

    Election Day, October 8 - early morning voters on their way to work queued up at polling stations throughout Britain.

  • Description

    Election Day, October 8 - early morning voters on their way to work queued up at polling stations throughout Britain. In South London, a steady trickle of voters passed through Brixton Town Hall polling booth from opening time: 7 am. onwards.

    Party workers began an early vigil in early morning fog, outside voting stations to study the trend - but most people were unusually secretive about their choice. Voting in each of the 630 constituencies ends at 9 pm tonight - and the first results are expected with 2 hours.

    Marginal constituencies especially, are gripped in the last-stage of election fever; and weather forecasters tell of sunny weather to come, which is expected to bring a heavy poll.

    When Parliament was dissolved last month, the conservatives held 338 seats, Labour 278, Liberals 6 and Independents 1. Throughout the campaign, it has been difficult to find a trend towards either of the two major parties. Concern by party workers in the last stage has been for the large number of "don't know" electors.

    Not until late Friday morning will voters have a clear indication of whether the Tories, headed by Mr. Harold Macmillan - to the Socialists, led by Mr. High Gaitskell, will be running the country in the next five years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3I52UTOSF7JEBXQXDWYX6SFAB
    Media URN:
    VLVA3I52UTOSF7JEBXQXDWYX6SFAB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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