With a Conservative victory already assured, Premier Macmillan heard himself re-elected as member of Parliament for Bromley, Kent with an increased majority of 2,000, at the declaration of the poll, October 9.
TRANSCRIPT: Premier Macmillan: "I am very grateful for the loyalty, support and confidence which the electors of Bromley have placed in me. I am extremely grateful, and I hope very much that I will be able to deserve that confidence in the years that lie ahead". Premier Macmillan described the election battle as "straightforward and fair". "Now we hope and pray that we can look forward to the next period as one of prosperity for all our people -- we are one people, whatever party or creed -- and that we may be at the opening of a new period of peace for the world".
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Background: With a Conservative victory already assured, Premier Macmillan heard himself re-elected as member of Parliament for Bromley, Kent with an increased majority of 2,000, at the declaration of the poll, October 9.
His opponent Labour candidate, Albert James Murray, polled 11,603 votes.
After thanking the Returning officer and his staff, Premier Macmillan appeared outside Bromley Town Hall, as the result was announced to the waiting crowds. In a brief speech he said:
At the 1955 General election, Prime Minister Macmillan polled 24,612 votes compared with 11,473 for Labour, thus gaining a 13,139 majority. His lead at the polls this time rose to 2,313.
A Conservative victory became clear only four hours after polling ended at p.m. October 8. At the time of Premier Macmillan's personal triumph, the state of the parties was 291 Conservative, 201 Labour and our Liberal.
Election forecasters were predicting a Conservative majority of 100 seats. But whatever the majority, it is clear that for the next five years Britain would be run by a Conservative Government. It will be the third successive election victory for the Conservatives - the first"hat trick" in the country's modern political history.