Swingometer | Remembering election nights with the pollster's favourite pendulum
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 11 October 1974
DURATION | 4 minutes 51 seconds
Fronting an array of large election props, Sue Lawley gamely rallies the final results for London and the Home Counties during the general election of October 1974.
1974 was a bumper year for general elections in the UK, with one held in February and another in October. The first had failed to produce an overall majority, resulting in a hung Parliament, with Labour's Harold Wilson eventually becoming Prime Minister after incumbent Conservative Edward Heath failed to enlist Liberal support to form a coalition government. October's election saw Wilson again returned to power with a tiny majority of three.
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