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    Cuts from documentary 'How Britain Votes', in the context of the 1950 Election - Reel 4.

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    Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Cuts from documentary 'How Britain Votes', in the context of the 1950 Election - Reel 4.

    Oxford by-election. C/U of votes being placed in ballot box. General view of Westminster Abbey with Big Ben in background and buses going by; pan round to show entrance of 'Conservative and Unionist Central Office'. C/U of writ, showing Lord Chancellor's seal. Exterior shot of Oxford Town Hall with traffic in foreground.

    C/U of ballot paper with names Brown, Jones and Smithson, pencil marking cross beside Jones and paper being folded over. Young man walks up to clerks at Polling Station; his name is ticked off and he takes his ballot paper to a booth. More shots of votes being dropped into boxes.

    C/U of poster reading 'Notice of Election - Parliamentary Election - Leeds South Constituency' being pasted up on wall. C/Us of Parliamentary notices for St Marylebone, Aberdeen North and one for several constituencies in the Merseyside area and Scotland. On the later we zoom into name of Acting Returning Officer Thomas Alker. C/U of newspaper headline from 'The Star' reading 'Cabinet Decide On Election Day'.

    At Liberal Party headquarters we see Mr Clement Davies (left) and Lord Samuel sitting at a table and talking. Lady Violet Bonham-Carter and unidentified man enter and take their seats at the table. Shots of the delegates talking. 'Liberal Party' window being raised and lowered while people walk along street in foreground.

    Young man in polling booth looks at notice giving guidance to voters and makes his mark on ballot paper. Tellers outside Polling Station make note of voters' card numbers. Labour Party brochures or magazines are weighed and wrapped in despatch department of Transport House. C/U of election address of Labour Party candidate Mr Kersland-Lewis in a typewriter. Someone turns the page down and starts to type.

    Amendment October 2011: According to a visitor to the site, the 'unidentified man' in the above description is Sir Andrew McFadyean. Shots of 'delegates' talking include Jo Grimond.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:20:00 / 01:45:05:00
    UN 2338 B

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