• Short Summary

    AT 7 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING POLLING STATIONS THROUGHOUT BRITAIN OPENED FOR A CRITICAL GENERAL ELECTION WITH EVERY SIGN OF A CLOSE FINISH THAT COULD LEAD TO A NEW CONTEST WITHIN MONTHS.

  • Description

    AT 7 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING POLLING STATIONS THROUGHOUT BRITAIN OPENED FOR A CRITICAL GENERAL ELECTION WITH EVERY SIGN OF A CLOSE FINISH THAT COULD LEAD TO A NEW CONTEST WITHIN MONTHS.

    AFTER WEEKS OF HARD AND OFTEN BITTER CAMPAIGNING, THE NATION'S THREE LEADING OPINION POLLS SHOW THE ELECTORATE ALMOST EQUALLY DIVIDED.

    SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME'S CONSERVATIVE PARTY IS SEEKING RE-ELECTION FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN SUCCESSION AND AFTER 13 YEARS OF POWER. HE IS STRONGLY CHALLENGED BY MR. HAROLD WILSON'S OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY, AND THE COUNTRY'S THIRD NATIONAL PARTY, THE LIBERALS.

    THERE ARE SOME 36 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS AND IN SOME AREAS, LIKE THE LONDON CONSTITUENCY OF BRIXTON, LARGE IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS COULD UPSET THE RESULTS.

    A TOTAL OF 1,757 CANDIDATES ARE SEEKING ELECTION TO THE 630 SEAT HOUSE OF COMMONS IN THE NATION'S SIXTH GENERAL ELECTION SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR. IT IS LIKELY TO BE THE CLOSEST SINCE 1950 WHEN THE LABOUR GOVERNMENT WON WITH A BARE SIX-SEAT MAJORITY AND NEW ELECTIONS WERE HELD LESS THAN TWO YEARS LATER.

    OUR CAMERAMAN FILMED SOME LEADING POLITICAL FIGURES GOING TO THE POLLS EARLY THIS MORNING. IN THE LONDON SUBURB OF HAMPSTEAD, MR. HENRY BROOKE, CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE CONSTITUENCY AND HOME SECRETARY IN THE LAST GOVERNMENT, WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO ARRIVE WITH HIS WIFE. IN THE LAST ELECTION HE HAD A 12,000 MAJORITY OVER HIS LABOUR AND LIBERAL OPPOSITION CANDIDATES.

    ALSO UP EARLY, RAY GUNTER, A LEADING FIGURE IN THE LABOUR PARTY. IF LABOUR SHOULD WIN THE ELECTION HE WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY BECOME A MINISTER. A LEADING TRADE UNIONIST, HE COULD WELL BECOME MINISTER OF LABOUR.

    OFF TO VOTE TOO, MR. REGINALD MAUDLING AND HIS WIFE. MR. MAUDLING, MINISTER OF FINANCE, HAS HIS OFFICIAL RESIDENCE AT No 11 DOWNING STREET, NEXT TO THE PRIME MINISTER. A LABOUR VICTORY WOULD MEAN A CHANGE OF HOME FOR MR. MAUDLING.

    THREE HOURS AFTER THE POLLS OPENED THE BIG CITIES WERE REPORTING INDICATIONS OF A HEAVY POLL DESPITE THE BLEAK WEATHER IN MOST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

    AT LEEDS, AND EDINBURGH, OFFICIALS REPORTED THE NUMBER OF EARLY VOTERS WAS HIGHER THAN AT THE LAST ELECTION, AND AT BRISTOL IN WESTERN ENGLAND, MORE THAN FOUR TIMES THE EXPECTED NUMBER HAD VOTED IN THE FIRST HALF-HOUR.

    ONE PERSON NOT VOTING TODAY WAS SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME, HE FAILED TO REGISTER IN TIME AFTER HE RELINQUISHED HIS PEERAGE TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER. PEERS CANNOT VOTE AND NEITHER DO THE ROYAL FAMILY WHO BY TRADITION KEEP ALOOF FROM THE POLITICAL ARENA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9SV6XBS2HDI96N0IUCDL2E8L7
    Media URN:
    VLVA9SV6XBS2HDI96N0IUCDL2E8L7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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