On The Eve

  • D. E. Butler
  • Anthony King


By late February it was clear to all three parties that polling day would come towards the end of March. Everyone had expected an election some time in 1966, but there had been so many false alarms that when it finally came it took almost everyone by surprise. The Conservatives, in particular, had persuaded themselves that Mr. Wilson would hold off till the autumn. Quite late in February leading Conservatives still seemed convinced that rumours of an early election were unfounded. Even Labour was caught somewhat off balance; the Prime Minister conveyed his decision to only a limited circle at first, and Transport House could not make overt preparations for fear of alerting the Con-servatives. In all three parties election planning began in earnest during the second or third week in February and had been all but completed by the end of the month.


Prime Minister Labour Government Press Conference Port Authority Limited Circle 
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© D. E. Butler and Anthony King 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. E. Butler
    • 1
  • Anthony King
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.University of EssexUK

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