Keeping the British Liberal Party flag flying high

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  1. pipisme Well-Known Member

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    John Hare, the Conservative shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has held Woodbridge. Nancy Seear, the Minister of Education and Science, is back in Bodmin. Her majority over Conservative is down by only 4.5% from 32.8% to 28.3%. Another female cabinet minister has held her seat. This is Ruth English, the Minister of Health, in Lowestoft. Her majority over Conservative is down from 9.2% to 6.8%. She has been tipped as a future leader of the Liberal Party. Thomas Grenville Jones, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, has held Isle of Ely. Frank Owen, the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance, has held Hereford.

    The Progressive Party has taken the new seat of Down East. Here are the figures.
    John Quinn [Progressive]: 44.6% (1)
    Ulster Unionist: 43.5%
    Northern Ireland Labour: 11.9%.
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    Progressive majority: 1.1%
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    (1) In OTL Quinn was Chairman of the Ulster Liberal Party in the 1960s.
     
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    Keep it up, pip! :)
     
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    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Edgar Granville, has held Eye [in Suffolk] but his majority over Liberal has fallen from 14.2% to 0.3% [134]. Socialist Labour have gained Pontypridd from Liberal. The Conservatives have taken Angus North and Mearns, Louth, Oswestry, and Wycombe from Liberal.

    Aneurin Bevan is back in Ebbw Vale. His majority over Liberal is up from 40.9% to 47.1%. Mr Bevan is not well enough to be at the count. He is home at Asheridge with Miss Lee. Instead Archie Lush, his oldest friend, is there and has made the customary speech of thanks on his behalf. Let us hope that Mr Bevan makes a full recovery from his illness.
     
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    Adrian Liddell Hart, the Secretary of State for Air, has held Skipton. Here are the figures [1955 general election]:
    Adrian Liddell Hart: 48.6% [49.9%]
    Conservative candidate: 35.8% [34.0%]
    Socialist Labour candidate: 15.6% [16.1%]
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    Liberal majority: 12.8% [15.9%]
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    The swing from Liberal to Conservative is 1.55%.

    Harold Macmillan, the Home Secretary, is back in Horncastle. Here are the figures:
    Harold Macmillan: 45.7% [48.9%]
    Conservative: 43.4% [42.5%]
    Socialist Labour: 10.9% [8.6%]
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    Liberal majority: 2.3% [6.4%]
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    There is a swing of 2.05% from Liberal to Conservative.

    The Tories have taken Buckinghamshire South and Henley from Liberal. Michael Foot, the Minister of Labour, is back in Tavistock. His majority over Conservative is down from 12.6% to 6.8%. Now that it looks like Mr Foot will be out of office, he will be writing a biography of David Lloyd George. The Conservatives have taken Huntingdonshire, King's Lynn, and Norfolk North from Liberal. But Leominster is a Liberal gain from Conservative.

    With 550 results now in the total number of seats for each party is as follows: Conservative and Unionist - 291, Liberal - 135, Socialist Labour - 120, Progressive - 3, Northern Ireland Labour - 1. The Conservatives have made a net gain of 86 seats and Socialist Labour of 15 seats. The Liberals have a net loss of 101 seats. Of the 54 new seats declared so far, the Conservatives have taken 31, the Liberals and Socialist Labour 10 each, the Progressives 2, and Northern Ireland Labour 1.
     
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    Keep it up, pip! :)
     
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    Joseph Godber, the Conservative shadow minister of Labour is back in Grantham. The Tories have gained Newark from Socialist Labour. Glyn Tegal Hughes, the Postmaster-General has held Denbigh. There is recount in Hemel Hempstead where the Liberals are defending a majority of 6.6% over the Tories. Sir Hugh Seely, the chairman of the Estimates Committee in the House of Commons and Minister of Defence from 1950 to 1955, has won the new seat of Norfolk Central with a majority of 0.6% over Conservative. He was previously Liberal MP for Norfolk East from 1923. This constituency was abolished in the redistribution of seats. The Conservatives have gained Abingdon, Derbyshire South-East and Flintshire West from the Liberals.
     
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    Ness Edwards, the Socialist Labour shadow Secretary of State for Wales, is back in Caerphilly. His majority over Liberal is up from 22.2% to 31.8%. The Liberals have won the new seat of Bridlington with a majority of 7.6% over Conservative. Ivor Davies the Colonial Secretary has held Aberdeenshire West with his majority over Conservative down from 6.7% to 2.3%. Davies gave the first Liberal election broadcast on television in the 1946 general election. He has tipped as a future leader of the Liberal Party. He is still only forty-four years old. In the same general election John Profumo and Barbara Castle gave the Tory and Socialist Labour election broadcasts on television.

    Aline Mackinnon, the Minister of Housing and Local Government, has been re-elected for Holderness. Here are the figures:
    Aline Mackinnon [Liberal]: 45.6% [47.9%]
    Conservative: 42.5% [41.7%]
    Socialist Labour: 11.9 [10.4%]
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    Liberal majority: 3.1% [6.2%]
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    The swing from Liberal to Conservative is 1.55%. She has also been tipped as a future Liberal leader, though at sixty years old, she is perhaps on the old side to be leader.
     
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    The Conservatives have taken Cumberland North and Penrith from the Liberals with a majority of 3.5%. The previous Liberal majority was 7.4%. The above average swing of 5.45% from Liberal to Conservative is because of boundary changes which transferred middle class suburbs of Carlisle to the constituency. After one recount the result is in for Hemel Hempstead. This is a Conservative gain from Liberal with a majority of 53 [0.1%]. The Ulster Unionists have won the new seat of Fermanagh. Here are the figures:
    Ulster Unionist: 46.7%
    Progressive: 29.5%
    Northern Ireland Labour: 16.7%
    Sinn Fein: 7.1%
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    Ulster Unionist majority: 17.2%
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    Basil Houldsworth, the Minister of Overseas Development [not in the cabinet], has held Forest of Dean. His majority over Conservative is down from 17.2% to 12.4%. The boundary commissioners wanted to change the name of the constituency to Gloucestershire West against the opposition of most people in the constituency. But after a well organised and vociferous campaign in which Houldsworth played a leading part, they gave way to public opinion and the constituency kept its historic name of Forest of Dean. The Ulster Unionists have taken the new seat of County Londonderry North with a majority of 13.3% over Progressive.

    With 600 results having been declared the total score for each party is as follows: Conservative and Ulster Unionist - 318, Liberal - 149, Socialist Labour - 129, Progressive - 3, Northern Ireland Labour - 1. The Conservatives have made a net gain of 94 seats and Socialist Labour a net gain of 15 seats. The Liberals have had a net loss of 109 seats. Of the 57 new seats declared so far, the Conservatives and Unionists have won 33, the Liberals 11, Socialist Labour 10, Progressives 2, and Northern Ireland Labour 1.
     
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  10. Cylon_Number_14 Nothing Unreal Exists

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    For a while it seemed the Liberals were slipping into third behind Labour, but it now looks like they’re maintaining their “traditional” spot in second.
     
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    Pretty well done by now, you'd think?

    Megan Lloyd George off to resign yet?

    Or is there a twist to come?
     
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    Russell Thomas, the Under-Secretary of State at the Welsh Office has held Caernarvon with Gwynfor Evans, the president of Plaid Cymru, in second place. Here are the figures [October 1955 general election]:
    Russell Thomas [Liberal]: 49.7% [55.0%]
    Gwynfor Evans [Plaid Cymru]: 24.2% [18.6%]
    Socialist Labour: 16.7% [14.7%]
    Conservative: 9.4% [11.7%]
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    Liberal majority: 25.5% [36.4%]
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    The swing from Liberal to Plaid Cymru is 5.45%.

    The Ulster Unionists have won the new seat of County Londonderry South, though their majority over Progressive is only 3.4%. Here are the figures:
    Ulster Unionist: 37.2%
    Progressive: 33.8%
    Northern Ireland Labour: 18.4%
    Sinn Fein: 10.6%
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    Ulster Unionist majority: 3.4%
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    Lawrence Robson, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, has lost Banbury to the Tories with a majority of 3.0%. His majority in the 1955 general election was 8.5%. The Tories have also gained Yarmouth from the Liberals. Sir Dingle Foot, the Attorney-General, has held Dorset South. But his majority over Conservative is down from 7.7% to 1.7%. Socialist Labour have taken the new seat of Durham North-West with a majority of 13.0% over Conservative. The Conservatives have held Fife East. With 610 results having been declared, the Conservatives and Ulster Unionists now have 322 seats. That is a majority of the 643 seats in the House of Commons. The totals for the other parties are Liberals 154, Socialist Labour 130, Progressives 3 and Northern Ireland Labour one.
     
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    Do the progressives and NILP (or the Unionists) sit separately or take the whip of one of the major parties As the Alliance do OTL and the OUP used to?
     
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    The Progressives take the Liberal whip, the NILP the Socialist Labour whip and the Ulster Unionists the Conservative whip.
     
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    It is now 1.47 pm on the 3rd of June and Miss Megan Lloyd George is on her way to the Palace to tender her resignation to the King. Meanwhile some more results have come in. The Liberals have won the new seat of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebleshire with a majority of 14.6% over the Conservatives. This constituency was formed from combining the former Roxburgh and Selkirk, and the Peebles part of Midlothian South and Peebles. Both were Liberal seats.

    Emrys Owain Roberts, the Secretary of State for Wales, has held Merionethshire with a majority of 47.2% over Plaid Cymru, down from 52.2%. Socialist Labour have gained two seats from the Liberals. The first one is Brecon and Radnor. The winning candidate is Mr Aneurin Davies, a small farmer from Breconshire. [1] He is thirty-six years and married with three children. His majority over the Liberals is 4.7%, compared to the previous Liberal majority of 8.0%. The second Socialist Labour gain is Penistone. But in compensation the Liberals have gained Bassetlaw from Socialist Labour.

    Miss Megan Lloyd George has left the Palace, and Mr John Profumo is on his way there to kiss the King's hands on his appointment as Prime Minister. More results have come in. The Tories have gained Petersfield from the Liberals. The Ulster Unionists have taken the new seat of Down West with a majority over the Progressives of 18.3%, and the new seat of Tyrone where their majority over Northern Ireland Labour is 10.5%.

    [1] A fictional character.
     
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    Mr Profumo has left the Palace on his appointment as Prime Minister and is on his way to Conservative Central Office. There are now only six seats left to be declared. These are all in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Two of these, Argyll, and Orkney and Shetland, will not be counting until tomorrow morning.

    The Liberals have held Kinross and West Perthshire. Their majority over Conservative is 1.6% down from 5.4%. This the last marginal Liberal seat to declare. The Liberals have also held Caithness and Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, and Inverness. These are the last results to be declared today. We expect Jo Grimond, the outgoing Defence Secretary, to be back in Orkney and Shetland, and the Tories to hold Argyll. When these results were declared, the composition of the new House of Commons was as follows [after 1955 general election]:
    Conservative and Unionist: 337 [232]
    Liberal: 168 [287]
    Socialist Labour: 134 [118]
    Progressive: 3 [1]
    Northern Ireland Labour: 1 [1]
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    Total: 643 [639]
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    Keep it up, pip! :)
     
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    The Conservatives have a majority of 31 over all parties, which is regarded as large enough for a working majority but small enough to stop backbench rebellions.

    Here are the percentage votes obtained by each party in the general election [October 1955 general election]:
    Conservative and Unionist: 41.8 [37.8]
    Liberal: 34.4 [39.2]
    Socialist Labour: 21.7 [21.2]
    Independents and others: 2.1 [1.8]
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    Total: 100.0 [100.0]
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    The swing from Liberal to Conservative was 4.4%. The turnout was 79.4% [74.1%]

    The number of votes for each party was as follows:
    Conservative and Unionist: 11,836,331 [9,849,186]
    Liberal: 9,740,905 [10,213,970]
    Socialist Labour: 6,144,699 [5,523,882]
    Independents and others: 594,648 [469,009]
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    Total: 28,316,583 [26,056,047
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    The number of seats for each party in the nations of the UK were as follows:
    England:
    Conservative: 282 [186]
    Liberal: 141 [254]
    Socialist Labour: 100 [78]
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    Total: 523 [518]
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    To be continued.
     
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