The British General Election of 1950

The British General Election of 1950

The British General Election of 1950

The British General Election of 1950

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The credit for this study, in its inception, promotion, and financing is due to Nuffield College, Oxford. To the Warden and Fellows, for their generosity and encouragement throughout, I owe warm thanks; I am similarly indebted to the staff of the College for their kind and ready assistance. For leave of absence during the election campaign my thanks are due to the Rector and Fellows of Exeter College, Oxford.

Any General Election study must owe a heavy debt to Mr. R. B. McCallum and MissAlison Readman, whose British General Election of 1945 first raised the seed from which this (and, it is to be hoped, later) crops could alone be grown. What I owe to these pioneers is evident on every page. I count myself most fortunate, too, in having enjoyed the services of Mr. David Butler, a veteran of the earlier venture. He has been responsible for the appendix on pp 306 to 333, for assistance and advice on every statistical item, and for the collection of much valuable material used elsewhere in the book. But more than that, there is hardly a page in the present volume which has not benefited by his rigorous but always constructive criticisms.

It is obvious that the collection and ordering of material for a study of this kind must always be a task which far exceeds the capabilities of one pair of hands. It has been my great good fortune to have had my range of observation widened and my burden lightened by the assistance of an exceptional number of interested and assiduous scholars and students. Space forbids the listing of all the helpful people up and down the country who placed the findings of their industry and curiosity so readily at my disposal. I am, however, particularly indebted to Mr. R. S. Milne of the University of Bristol; Mr. Roderick Ross of the University College of the South-West at Exeter; Mr. Peter Richards of the University College, Southampton; Miss Jean Stott of Liverpool University; Mr. Peter Campbell of the University of Manchester; Mr. Galpin of Pembroke College, Cambridge; Mr. Ivor Gowan of the University of Nottingham; Mr. Peter Bromhead of the University of Durham; Mr. Edward Hughes of King's College, Newcastle; Mr. Heath of the Univer sity of Edinburgh . . .

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