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Britain / Election Upset #210410

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 19, 1970
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(Studio) Edward Heath new British Prime Min.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(London, England) Conservatives win major upset; nearly all predictions wrong, party gains 140 House Commons seats; Prime Min. Harold Wilson resigns. [HEATH - wants unity for cntry.] [WILSON - reports low voter turnout cost Labour party election.] Opinion polls lose credibility, nearly all wrong. [Louis Harris poll spokesperson Peter BARTRAM - explains reasons for inaccuracy of polls.] Econ. situation, Labour party overconfidence hurt; people wanted change.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

(Studio) Nixon congratulates Heath, consoles Wilson; militant North Ireland Protestant Leader Ian Paisley wins House seat, so does militant Catholic Bernadette Devlin; Winston Churchill's grandson wins Conservative seat; 4 polls picked Labour, 1 Conservative; influence undermined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Collingwood, Charles;
Cronkite, Walter

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