• Short Summary

    AS BRITAIN'S GENERAL ELECTION GOT UNDER WAY TODAY (THURSDAY) IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE HAD CAST THEIR VOTES BY BREAKFAST TIME.

  • Description

    AS BRITAIN'S GENERAL ELECTION GOT UNDER WAY TODAY (THURSDAY) IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE HAD CAST THEIR VOTES BY BREAKFAST TIME. OPINION POLLS STILL PREDICT A LABOUR WIN BUT VERDICTS ON THE LABOUR MAJORITY VARY CONSIDERABLY.

    LABOUR HAS AT PRESENT A SLENDER THREE VOTE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND WHILE THEY ARE PREDICTED TO WIN THE ELECTION THE SIZE OF THEIR MAJORITY WILL DEPEND VERY MUCH UPON THE STRENGTH OF THE POLL. A RECORD THIRTY-SIX MILLION BRITONS ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE IN THIS, THE SECOND GENERAL ELECTION IN EIGHTH MONTHS.

    THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. WILSON, SAID LAST NIGHT THAT HE FELT THAT MANY LABOUR SUPPORTED MAY REGARD THE RESULT AS A FOREGONE CONCLUSION AND BE APATHETIC ABOUT VOTING. HE IS EXPECTED TO SPEND THE DAY TURNING POLLING STATIONS AROUND HIS CONSTITUENCY IN THE LIVERPOOL SUBURB OF HUYTON. MR. WILSON'S MAJORITY AT THE LAST ELECTION WAS 19,273.

    THE LEADER OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY, MR. HEATH, CAST HIS VOTE THIS MORNING IN LONDON AND THEN DROVE TO HIS CONSTITUENCY IN BEXLEY, KENT TO SPEND THE DAY THERE AND AWAIT AND COUNTING OF VOTES THIS EVENING. MR. HEATH'S MAJORITY AT THE LAST ELECTION WAS 4,589.

    THE LIBERAL PARTY LEADER, MR. GRIMOND, WHOSE HOME AND CONSTITUENCY IS IN ORKNEYS, HAD A MAJORITY LAST ELECTION OF 7,900. TODAY HE IS FLYING FROM HIS HOME TO ATTEND A MARGINAL LIBERAL CONSTITUENCY AT ORPINGTON NEAR LONDON.

    THE FIRST RESULTS ARE EXPECTED AROUND 2100 GMT TONIGHT, ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER THE POLLING BOOTHS CLOSE, BY 0300 GMT RESULTS FROM MORE THAN 450 AREA SHOULD BE IN TO GIVE BRITAIN A GOOD INDICATION OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7V2LHYHCNVFLB1UICG7V3XHE7
    Media URN:
    VLVA7V2LHYHCNVFLB1UICG7V3XHE7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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