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The way we were: polling day

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   May 2015

Harold Wilson at No 10 in 1964, during his first stint as Prime Minister. © George Freston/Stringer/Getty

On 14th November 1935, Vera Brittain in Sunderland writes in her diary:  “Afternoon, spent… canvassing in houses with pitch-dark stairs worn and broken in many places, tin baths and buckets on landing… Habitations more fit for monkeys than human beings…

“All of us very depressed as return of polling cards didn’t indicate a very favourable prospect for…

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