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CHURCHILL RESIGNS BEFORE FINAL COUNT

DRAMATIC MOVE

Mr. Attlee To Form New Ministry Rec. Noon. LONDON, July 26. Britain's amazing ■general election swing over to Labour, which astonished the world,' was dramatically followed beftpre the final figures were known <by the swift resignation of Mr. <churchill. The election result, which , is a staggering example of the unpredictability of politics, completely confounded the entire country. Events outdid even the most optimistic prophesies- of the Labour party experts and it is safe to say no one anticipated anything quite like what occurred and some of the new army of victors are as surprised as anyone to find themselves returned. When Mr. Attlee left the Palace after accepting His Majesty's invitation to form the new Ministry a small crowd at the gates gave him a big cheer. It was constitutionally unnecessary for Mr. Churchill to call a farewell meeting of the "Caretaker Cabinet" and no such meeting was called. Mr Attlee takes over at No. 10, Downing Street, while Mr. Churchill becomes the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, which meets next week, but only a sorry procession of Ministers will return' to Westminster. There are 200 or so Conservative orphans to-day from the electoral storm, including a regiment of bewildered back-benchers, many of whom ■ saw a one-time 20,000 election vote, the hallmark of their popularity, dwindle and vanish before the new mood of the electors, ts. Mr. Churchill will still be able to count on the support of many powerful colleagues when he takes his seat on the front Opposition Bench in the new House of Commons. They include Mr. Eden, Mr. Oliver Lyttelton, Mr. Oliver Stanley, Mr R. A. Butler, Mr. R. S. Hudson, Sir Andrew Duncan, Mr. H. U. Willink, Captain H. Crookshank.

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CHURCHILL RESIGNS BEFORE FINAL COUNT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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CHURCHILL RESIGNS BEFORE FINAL COUNT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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