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

I do not think it would be possible to do that. It is not so "perfectly easy"—as some Member has just remarked—when you come to deal with it. I thought it was perfectly easy yesterday, but when I sat up last night and talked with the Home Secretary I saw there were a great many difficulties. In order that there should be no misunderstanding I want to say that our proposal does not throw the burden on the returning officer but throws the burden on this House, which specifically states the constituencies in which the date may be altered.