• Short Summary

    BRITAIN FACED THE CERTAINTY OF A LABOUR GOVERNMENT INTO THE 1970'S (FRIDAY) AS PRIME MINISTER WILSON'S RULING PARTY HEADED FOR A LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN THE GENERAL ELECTION.

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    BRITAIN FACED THE CERTAINTY OF A LABOUR GOVERNMENT INTO THE 1970'S (FRIDAY) AS PRIME MINISTER WILSON'S RULING PARTY HEADED FOR A LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN THE GENERAL ELECTION.

    WITH 461 RESULTS DECLARED OVERNIGHT FOR THE 630 SEAT HOUSE OF COMMONS, THE STATE OF THE PARTIES THIS MORNING, (0703 GMT) IS AS FOLLOWS:
    LABOUR 304 (GAINED 43, LOST 0)
    CONSERVATIVES 151 (GAINED 0, LOST 43)
    LIBERALS 5 (GAINED 2, LOST 1)
    NON-PARTY 1 (THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE)
    THE PRIME MINSTER, MR. WILSON, TOLD HIS SUPPORTERS IN HIS LIVERPOOL CONSTITUENCY OF HUYTON THAT IT HAD BEEN A GREAT VICTORY "THEY TRIED TO DIVIDE US BUT WE EMERGED FROM THIS CAMPAIGN MORE UNITED THAN EVER" HE SAID. THIS MORNING MR. WILSON LEFT LIVERPOOL TO RETURN TO LONDON. MR. WILSON, WHO IS 50, HAS WON A CAMPAIGN THAT HE BEGAN TO PREPARE IN OCTOBER, 1964, WHEN HE ENDED THE 13 YEARS OF CONSERVATIVE ADMINISTRATION. LABOUR TOOK POWER THEN WITH A MAJORITY OF FIVE WHICH WAS LATER REDUCED TO THREE - NOW COMPUTERS ARE PREDICTING A LABOUR MAJORITY OF 100 IN THE NEW GOVERNMENT.

    OPPOSITION LEADER, MR. EDWARD HEATH, SAW HIS OWN MAJORITY ALMOST HALVED AS NARROWLY HELD CONSERVATIVE SEATS CRUMBLED AND FELL TO LABOUR. THE LIBERALS, WHO HELD A NEAR BALANCE OF POWER IN THE LAST PARLIAMENT, LOST MORE THAN HALF A MILLION VOTERS BUT UNEXPECTEDLY GAINED TWO SEATS THOUGH LOSING ANOTHER TO LABOUR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7SVHAXL7B4OFP5K81WGOHVNYF
    Media URN:
    VLVA7SVHAXL7B4OFP5K81WGOHVNYF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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