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Tasks Ahead

Socialist Party Scores Dramatic Success Gains Overwhelming Majority Over All Its Rivals; Twenty-Nine Ministers Defeated N.Z.P.A.—Copyright—Rec. 12.30 p.m. LONDON, July 26. One of the biggest upsets in British political history has given the Labour party, for the first time, an overwhelming majority in the House of Commons. So far, with 13 results still to come, Labour has a margin of 195 seats over the Conservative party and of 154 over the combined strength of all other parties. Twentynine of Mr. Churchill's senior and junior Ministers lost their seats, though Mr. Churchill himself had an easy win. At latest count the state of the parties is as follows:— Women Women Old New Gain or in Old in New House House Loss House House Conservative.. 361 195 166 8 1 Labour .... 165 390 225 4 21 ; Liberal-National 28 14 14 — — Liberal .... 21 11 10 1 1 Independent . . 19 10 9 1 — CommonWealth 4 1 3 — — Communist 1 2 1 — , Other Parties .. 9 3 6 — — The number of seats in the new House is 640, an increase of 25 as a result of electoral redistribution. The Leader of the Liberal party, Sir Archibald Sinclair, lost his seat together with Sir William Beveridge, author of Social Security proposals. Included among the many Ministers who were defeated was Mr. Churchill's son-in-law, Mr. Duncan Sandys, Minister of Works. Even in traditional Labour strongholds the Labour party . increased its majorities. The new Prime Minister, Mr. Attlee, was returned wth a four to one majority, and Mr. Ernest Bevin, after appearing to be in danger, secured a 5000 majority. Labour won seven seats in Birmingham, where no Labour candidates were returned at the last election.

Symptomatic of Labour's great victory was their. London successes, where they increased their representation from 28 seats to 49, taking 21 from the Conservatives and losing only one to the Liberals. There are 23 women so far elected — the highest number in the history of Parliament. They are all Labour with the exception of Viscountess Davidson and Lady Megan Lloyd George, the sole Conservative and Liberal representatives respectively. . Journalists secured their biggest representation in history with 21 members. The trade unions and co-operatives greatly increased their direct representation in the new House of Commons, nearly 100 of their officials being successful. The three fighting Services are strongly represented with 170 servicemen elected, while lawyers end doctors gained 30 and 20 seats respectively. One hundred and forty-eight candidates forfeited their deposits. '.

Bristol, Central Division. — S. Aubrey (Lab.), 13,045; Lady Apsley (Con.), 7369. Conservative majority in 1935, 1559. Plymouth, Devonport Division.— M. Foot (Lab.), 13,395; L. HoreBelisha (Lib. Nat., sitting member), 11,382. Liberal National majority in 1935. 11,096. Lewisham, East Division.—Herbert Morrison (Lab.), 37,361; Sir Assheton Pownall (Con., sitting member), 22,142; Captain F. Russell, 931. Conservative majority in 1935, 6449. (Mr. Morrison represented Hackney in the last Parliament.) Ilford.— Mrs. M. Ridealgh (Lab.), 18,833; G. Hutchinson (Con., sitting member), 16,013; Lady Rhys Williams (Lib.), 9128. Conservative majority in by-election 1937, 9319. Middlesex, Wembley North Division.—G. R. Hobson (Lab.), 15,677; Lieut-Commander P. Scott (Con.), 15,245; Lieut-Colonel I. C. Baillieu (Lib.), 5019. This is a new constituency. Bethnal Green, South-west Division.—P. Holman (Lab.), 6669; Sir Percy Harris (Lib., sitting member), 4213; Major O. H. Leicester (Nat), 750. Majority for Labour, 2456. A Labour gain. Liberal majority in 1935, 1066. Paddington, North Division.—Sir Frank Mason Macfarlane (Lab.), 16,638; Brendan Bracken (Con., sitting member), 10,093; C. Groves (Intl.), 472. Majority for Macfarlane, 6545. A Labour gain. Conservative majority in 1935, 7228. Grimsby. — Major K. Younger (Lab.), 28,484; Sir Walter Womersley (Con., sitting member), 18,841. Conservative majority in 1935, 1727. Birmingham, Duddeston Division. Mrs. E. A. Wills (Lab.), 10,745; Sir Oliver Simmonds (Con., sitting member), 5791. Conservative majority in 1935, 3262. Manchester, Blackley Division.— .T. Diamond (Lab.), 19,561; J. LeesJones (Con., sitting member), 14,747; P. M. Oliver (Lib.), 9480. Conservative majority in 1935, 5462. Tynemouth.—Miss G. M. Colman (Lab.), 13,963; Sir Alexander Russell (Con., sitting member), 10,884; K. P. Chitty (Lib.), 5460. Conservative majority in 1935, 5858. Surrey, Mltcham Division. —T. Braddock (Lab.), 26,910; Sir Malcolm Robertson (Con., sitting member), 19,742. Conservative unopposed in 1935. Carlisle. — E. Grierson (Lab.), 18,505; Sir Edward Spears (Con., sitting member), 13,356; G. W. Iredell (Lib.), 4845. Conservative majority in 1935, 2635. Hull, South-west Division.—S. H. Smith (Lab.), 18.608; R. K. Law (Con., sitting member), 10.294: T. E. Daltcn (Lib.), 2645. Conservative majority 1935, 3431. • Preston (two members). —Squad-ron-Leader S. Segal (Lab.), 33,053; J. W. Sunderland (Lab.), 32,889; Major R. Churchill (Con.), 29,129; Captain J. Amery (Con.), 27,885; Flight-Lieutenant J. M. Toulmin (Lib.), 8251; P. Devine (Com.), 5168. Conservative majority in first electorate in 1933, 1605. Randolph Churchill (Con.) unopposed in 1937 by-election. Wolverhampton, East Division.— Captain J. Baird (Lab.), 17,763; Sir Geoffrey Mander (Lib., sitting member), 11,206; Lieut-Commander W. Garthwaite (Con.), 8266. Liberal majority in 1935, 4000. Wolverhampton, West Division.— H. D. Hughes (Lab.), 21,186; Major • J. Beattie (Con.), 14,176. Conservative majority in 1935, 4830.

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Tasks Ahead, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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