Swingometer | Remembering election nights with the pollster's favourite pendulum
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 02 May 1997
DURATION | 2 minutes 45 seconds
A visual smorgasbord of statistical aids was used for the coverage of the Labour landslide of 1997, including a fresh seating plan for the House of Commons and a tricky new swingometer to reflect the massive 12.5% surge to the left.
The Labour Party won the 1997 general election with 418 seats, the most it has ever held. Conversely, the Conservatives finished with a record low of 165 seats and no MPs representing constituencies in Scotland or Wales.
Noises off fail to dent David Butler's delivery.
Painting in a late swing.
Sue Lawley with election results for London and the South East.
Swingometer banter from 1979 with the irrepressible Bob McKenzie.
Portrait of a swingometer pioneer.
The king of the swingometer remembered by friends, colleagues, politicians and pundits.
The swingometer goes large for 1992.
Peter Snow drives the graphics for the 1997 election.
A virtual swingometer for Peter Snow in 2005.
Images from inside the BBC during Britain's general elections.
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