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Everything in British politics used to guard against stalemate. Even close-fought elections provided clear winners. Vote shares were often close: in 1950, 1951, 1955, 1964, 1970, February and then October 1974, the rounded gap between the parties was no more than three points, and less than a point in three cases. But only one of these votes, February 1974, failed to return a PM with a working majority, and that was addressed by the October re-run.
Through the 80s, 90s and noughties, one party was…
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