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General election 2015: the changing face of Britain

In this lifetime there has never been an election in which the outcome was as unpredictable as it is this year

By David Butler   May 2015

Britain is a different country to the one it was in the 1950s

In 70 years of election watching I have seen vast changes and remarkable continuities in the conduct of campaigns and the reporting of results. The continuities are worth stressing. Electoral law remains much the same. The Electoral Commission, established in 2000, has made few significant innovations in the routines at polling stations. The lowering of the franchise to 18 and postal voting are the most…

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