Churchill wins gen­eral elec­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Con­ser­va­tive Party has won the gen­eral elec­tion by a small ma­jor­ity, mak­ing Win­ston Churchill prime min­is­ter for the sec­ond time.

Mr Churchill is nearly 77 and the sec­ond old­est prime min­is­ter in his­tory. Wil­liam Glad­stone was 83 when he formed his last gov­ern­ment.

The first re­sults, which started com­ing in late last night, put Labour ahead. But by early this af­ter­noon, the Con­ser­va­tives had taken the lead.

At about 5.30pm, when it be­came clear the Con­ser­va­tives had a ma­jor­ity, Cle­ment At­tlee drove to Buck­ing­ham Palace to tender his res­ig­na­tion as Labour Prime Min­is­ter.

Mr Churchill was re­ceived by the King soon af­ter­wards and ac­cepted his in­vi­ta­tion to form Great Bri­tain’s 40th gov­ern­ment.

‘Strong and free Bri­tain'

Opin­ion polls through­out the five-week elec­tion campaign had pre­dicted a com­fort­able ma­jor­ity for the Con­ser­va­tives and it will come as some dis­ap­point­ment the gap was not big­ger.

Sev­eral main is­sues were high­lighted dur­ing the campaign in­clud­ing the ris­ing cost of liv­ing, hous­ing and the ex­pen­sive rear­ma­ment pro­gramme which has been on­go­ing since the war.

Vot­ers re­jected Labour’s tac­tic of la­belling Mr Churchill as a war­mon­ger and in­stead em­braced the Con­ser­va­tives’ elec­tion prom­ise that they would now cre­ate a “strong and free” Bri­tain.

Through­out the campaign Mr Churchill has spo­ken of the need for a broad-based gov­ern­ment and he is widely ex­pected to ap­point a Cab­i­net with as wide a rep­re­sen­ta­tion as pos­si­ble.

Fol­low­ing his vic­tory in his con­stituency of Wood­ford, Es­sex, he said: “We have all, I feel, a great deal in com­mon; and now, per­haps there will be a lull in our party strife which will en­able us to un­der­stand more what is good in our op­po­nents and not to be so very clever at find­ing out all their short­com­ings.”

Mr At­tlee was in his con­stituency of West Waltham­stow the day be­fore the elec­tion. He recorded his vote at Cax­ton Hall and was re­turned with a ma­jor­ity of more than 11,000.

The new Par­lia­ment will be sworn in on Wed­nes­day 31 Oc­to­ber and the State open­ing of Par­lia­ment will take place on 6 Novem­ber.

Re­sults from In­ver­ness, Orkney and Zet­land, the Western Isles and Ar­gyll are ex­pected some time to­mor­row.

Vot­ing in con­stituency of Barns­ley in York­shire won’t take place un­til 8 Novem­ber be­cause of the sud­den death of Labour can­di­date, Mr F Collindridge.

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