As result of the 388 overnight constituency declarations--from a final 630 total--came in Oct 8-9, it became increasingly evident that the Conservative Party had created a precedent by winning three consecutive General Elections.
SV. Votes being counted (SOF Commentary)
Pan. Candidates at Billericay, Essex, waiting for results.
SV. Results being read out at Billericay(SOF)
GV. Crowd in Trafalgar Square (Silent)
CU. Screen (Billericay Result)
CU. Screen (Macmillan portrait)
SV. Top V. Crowd.
LV. Results at Leeds South read by Mayor, followed by speech from Hugh Gaitskell (S.O.F.)
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Background: As result of the 388 overnight constituency declarations--from a final 630 total--came in Oct 8-9, it became increasingly evident that the Conservative Party had created a precedent by winning three consecutive General Elections. They gained nineteen seats, lost three to Labour and one to the Liberals. The remaining 242 declarations will be made known Oct 9.
Excellent team-work enabled polling staffs at Billericay, Essex, to produce the first result. Crowds in Trafalgar Square cheered wildly as the illuminated scoreboard registered a win for the Conservatives. E. L. Gardner beat his Labour opponent by 29,224 votes to 24,403. The Liberal Candidate polled 9,347.
Outstanding feature if available results was the resurrection of the Liberal Party. In all constituencies contested they obtained an impressive gain at the expense of their 'big brothers'. Mr Jeremy Thorpe won the North Devon seat, and the number of votes polled by Liberal candidates so far have exceeded their expectations by more than 100,000.
Tory Party Chairman, Lord Hailsham, during the campaign said if Labour lost this election it would mean the virtual end of democratic Socialism in Great Britain. Liberal leader Jo Grimond has stated that Liberalism will now supplant Labour and, in five years time, will challenge Conservatism for supreme power.
Realisation of defeat for Labour came early in the nights results. Soon after hearing of his win at Leeds South, Party leader Hugh Gaitskell, in a television interview, conceded a victory for the Tories. This bitter acknowledgement resulted from assessment of early returns. The Labour Party have only once won a working majority in 59 years of campaigning. General summing-up of public opinion;-- "Let's leave things as they are."