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    With more publicity than the average voter, British Premier, Harold Macmillan - recorded his vote at Westminster City Hall, October 8.

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    With more publicity than the average voter, British Premier, Harold Macmillan - recorded his vote at Westminster City Hall, October 8. Mr. Macmillan hopes the election results will not involve him in house-moving arrangements. He says he has become 'quite comfortable' at No. 10 Dawning Street. He voted in the constituency of the Cities of London and Westminster - held at the last election by the Conservatives with a majority of 18,044 over Labour. This Conservative candidate this time is Sir H. Hylton-Foster. Liberal candidate has entered to make it a three-cornered contest.

    The Premier's own constituency is Bromley, Kent. He was returned to Parliament in 1955 with a majority of 13,139 over his Labour opponent. This year he is challenged by 29-year-old Fleet-street. London printer's assistant, Albert Murray. His first General Election fight, Mr. Murray hopes to reduce the Macmillan lead, and to be proposed for a more winnable Labour seat at the next election.

    Premier Macmillan wound-up the Conservative TV campaign, October 6, with a Churchillian quote: "To build is a laborious task of years. To destroy can be the foolish act of a single day".

    He asked viewers to "think that over between now and Thursday - Election Day".

    The election result is still unpredictable. The fine weather is expected to bring out a high percentage (over 78% of the electorate) of voters. A high poll is traditionally regarded as favourable to Labour.

    In the 1955 General Election, 79.78% or 26,759,729 of the electorate voted. Conservatives polled 13,310,891 votes. Labour received 12,405,254: and just over a million went to Liberals and other diverse parties. The state of the two parties on Dissolution Day, September 8: Conservatives 340; Labour 278; Liberals 6. Six seats were still vacant 3 Conservatives, 3 Labour.

    Public opinion pollsters could still not find more than a few points between the two major parties. Not until late Friday afternoon, October 9, will the country's true choice of Government to known. Final results will not be known until Saturday, October 10.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA92EBJ7N3EX6XFFL02VBS43YJY
    Media URN:
    VLVA92EBJ7N3EX6XFFL02VBS43YJY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
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    N/A

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