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The way we were: Election night

Extracts from letters and diaries on election nights

By Ian Irvine   May 2011

More innocent times: Tony Blair and his daughter Kathryn watch the election results on TV at Trimdon Labour Club, Sedgefield, 1st May 1997

Violet Asquith, daughter of future Liberal Prime Minister Henry Asquith, writes to a friend from her father’s constituency in Fife, 26th January 1906.

It’s 9.30 and we’re just back from our polling stations. There are 22 strewn over the whole country—we started at 10 this morning & have been to every one of them. How mysterious voting looks—I was thrilled watching one dirty décolleté man in corduroys after another mumbling his name crossing his little paper &…

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