Magazine article History Today

Churchill Is Prime Minister Again

Magazine article History Today

Churchill Is Prime Minister Again

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October 26th, 1951

THE DAY BEFORE the general election in October 1951 Winston Churchill wrote to Lord Beaverbrook: `I hope we may both take our revenge for 1945.' Though long past any normal human being's retirement age, only a month away from his seventy-seventh birthday, he was still smarting from his defeat after the War.

Churchill had made a party political broadcast on the radio on October 8th, widely regarded as his most effective effort since the War, in which he described the difference between the Conservative and Labour outlooks on life as the contrast between the ladder and the queue.

The Conservatives won 321 seats against the Labour Party's 295 with nine seats for the Liberals and others. At 5pm the next day, Attlee went to Buckingham Palace to resign and an hour later George VI received Churchill at the palace and asked him to form a new administration. Churchill drove away through a cheering crowd.

Cabinet-making began immediately. …

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