Variations and Trends in Post-War Voting Patterns

  • William L. Miller


From 1955 to 1970 there was no general redistribution of constituency boundaries. So for the five elections in that period the 1966 Census gives a guide to the social characteristics of constituencies. Obviously it is likely to be less accurate for 1955 than 1966, but there are advantages as well as disadvantages in using a single census as a consistent measure of social patterns.


Polarisation Measure Socialise Housing Unskilled Worker Northern Ireland Total Vote 
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    The defeat of the 1964 Labour Government’s Foreign Secretary, Patrick Gordon-Walker, at Smethwick in 1964 was widely attributed to a campaign on immigration in this midlands constituency. In 1966 New Commonwealth immigrants made up less than 7% of the Smethwick population. The constituency was distinguished as much by the local political campaign as by the level of immigration. See A. W. Singham, Immigration and the election, pp. 360–368 in D. E. Butler and A. King, The British General Election of 1964, Macmillan: London, 1965Google Scholar
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