The Era of Alignment 1950–70
The British general election of 1945 took place in very unusual circumstances. It was the first general election for ten years, the country was still at war with Japan and very many voters were serving in the Forces overseas (almost three million electors were registered as service voters). Given these circumstances, the best starting point for a review of post-war elections and electoral behaviour is not 1945 but 1950, the year of the first ‘normal’ post-war general election.
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