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History: Harlow voters go for Labour in the 1966 General Election

Politics / Mon 1st Apr 2024 at 12:11pm

Photo: BBC

THE GENERAL Election of 1966 was held on March 31st, with the vast majority of results coming out on April 1st.

The result was a landslide victory for the Labour Party, led by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

 Harlow was part of the Epping constituency and would only become the Harlow constituency in 1974.

Labour’s Stan Newens won the seat with a majority of 7,508.

The coverage of the 1966 General Election can be found on the BBC I Player and is a fascinating window into the political landscape nearly sixty years ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_United_Kingdom_general_election

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3 Comments for History: Harlow voters go for Labour in the 1966 General Election:

Bruce Downey
2024-04-01 15:11:48

Interesting stat..Epping were horrified and jumped ship..leaving Harlow in the hands of Labour..MP & Council..Never left square one.

James Leppard
2024-04-01 15:58:22

Actually, Labour took Epping in the 1964 General Election. It reverted to Conservative in 1970, when Norman Tebbit was elected as MP. Harlow constituency was created in 1974. It has always included a number of neighbouring villages and not just the urban district.

David Forman
2024-04-03 10:01:32

And Epping has a bike shop thanks to Norman Tebbit.

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