26th October 1951 - General Election

Houses of Parliament

On this day in 1951 John Morrison held the Salisbury constituency for the Conservatives.

Labour had called the General Election to try to increase their majority from the 5 they had won the previous year. The attempt backfired in that the Conservatives, led by Winston Churchill, were re-elected.

Morrison increased his share of the vote from 45% to 57.1% - largely because the Liberals, who had got 23% of the vote in 1950, did not stand.

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Photo by Maurice from Zoetermeer, Netherlands (The British Parliament and Big Ben) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons