• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S CLOSEST ELECTION BATTLE FOR 13 YEARS REMAINED BALANCED ON A HAIRLINE TODAY (FRIDAY) AT EIGHT O'CLOCK (0900 GMT) WITH THE LABOUR PARTY SLIGHTLY AHEAD AS OVERNIGHT COUNTING ENDED.

  • Description

    BRITAIN'S CLOSEST ELECTION BATTLE FOR 13 YEARS REMAINED BALANCED ON A HAIRLINE TODAY (FRIDAY) AT EIGHT O'CLOCK (0900 GMT) WITH THE LABOUR PARTY SLIGHTLY AHEAD AS OVERNIGHT COUNTING ENDED.

    MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE SILVER-HAIRED, 48 YEAR-OLD LABOUR PARTY LEADER, WAS TANTALISINGLY CLOSE TO BECOMING THE NATION'S YOUNGEST PRIME MINISTER OF THE 20TH CENTURY.

    ALTHOUGH NEWSMEN PRESSED MR. WILSON FOR A STATEMENT AS THE COUNTRY'S NEW PRIME MINISTER EARLY THIS MORNING WHEN HIS MAJORITY LOOKED AS IF IT WOULD BE AT LEAST 40-- THE LABOUR LEADER REFUSED TO UNTIL HE HAD GAINED THE NECESSARY 316 SEATS.

    AND HIS HOPES OF GAINING A CLEAR LEAD ON THE 433 SEATS DECLARED BEFORE COUNTING STOPPED AT 0300 GMT GRADUALLY FADED AS THE RESULTS POURED IN FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

    MR. HAROLD WILSON, WHO LEFT LIVERPOOL THIS MORNING, SPOKE BRIEFLY TO REPORTERS BEFORE BOARDING THE TRAIN FOR LONDON. (TAKE SOUND FROM FILM).

    THE CONSERVATIVES, WHO OUSTED THE SECOND POSTWAR LABOUR GOVERNMENT IN 1951 WITH ONLY A 17 SEAT MAJORITY, FIND THEMSELVES TODAY WITH THE PROSPECT OF BEING TURNED OUT OF OFFICE THEMSELVES BY A SIMILAR SLENDER MARGIN.

    LABOUR'S APPARENTLY COMMANDING LEAD IN THE NUMBER OF SEATS WON OVERNIGHT IS NOT LIKELY TO BE MAINTAINED WHEN COUNTING STARTS AGAIN TODAY BECAUSE MANY OF THE COMING RESULTS WILL BE FROM RURAL CONSTITUENCIES WHICH TRADITIONALLY FAVOUR THE CONSERVATIVES.

    ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CALCULATIONS ON THE BASIS OF A 4.1 PER CENT SWING TO LABOUR IN THE RESULTS SHOWN SO FAR, THE LABOUR PARTY MAY EMERGE WITH A FINAL MAJORITY OF ABOUT 20.

    THE RESULTS KNOWN OVERNIGHT WERE AS FOLLOWS: LABOUR HAD WON 247 SEATS WITH 52 SEATS GAINED AND 4 LOST. CONSERVATIVES HAD WON 181 SEATS, GAINED 4, AND LOST 49. LIBERALS HAD WON 2 SEATS AND LOST 2. AND THE INDEPENDENTS HAD NO GAINS AND 1 LOSS.

    AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE POLL THIS REPRESENTS 45.8 PER CENT FOR LABOUR AGAINST THE CONSERVATIVES' 43.0 PER CENT.

    SOME CONSERVATIVES BELIEVE THAT THE LIBERAL VOTE, GENERALLY THOUGHT TO BE TAKEN FROM THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY RATHER THEN THE LABOUR PARTY, MAY HAVE DAMAGED THE CONSERVATIVE VOTE.

    THE LIBERALS, WHO HAD ONLY SEVEN SEATS IN THE OUTGOING HOUSE OF COMMONS, AND HAVE NO HOPE OF GAINING POWER THEMSELVES, CONTESTED MANY MORE SEATS THAN FIVE YEARS AGO. THE MAJORITY OF THESE WERE IN CONSERVATIVE-HELD CONSTITUENCIES. THE LIBERALS HAVE CERTAINLY TAKEN A FAR LARGER PERCENTAGE OF THE POLL IN THIS ELECTION THAN THEY DID IN 1959.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4HAAD7B1NRET43T25DLX5477X
    Media URN:
    VLVA4HAAD7B1NRET43T25DLX5477X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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