General Election (Polling Date)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st May 1945.

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Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping 12:00 am, 31st May 1945

My hon. Friend is under an illusion, and a delusion, if he thinks that the ballot boxes remain open. On the contrary, they are hermetically sealed and closely guarded, and the idea of a returning officer and all the apparatus of an election sitting waiting on week after week for stray voters is one for which I could not really hold out any hope.