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1964: Wilson ends '13 wasted years'
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1964: Wilson
Wilson only just pulled off victory

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The BBC’s election night team analyse the results
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Harold Wilson on the “white heat” of technology
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Alec Douglas-Home struggling to be heard above hecklers
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Wilson asks what Douglas-Home can know of “the problems of ordinary people”
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Campaign manager George Brown on the stump for Labour
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Quintin Hogg: The public would “stark staring bonkers” to vote Labour
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Labour finally returned to office in 1964 after nearly a generation in the political wilderness.

But the party’s grip on power looked far from secure. The new Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, had a Commons majority of just five seats, leaving a second election in the near future a necessity.

Although they had lost, the Conservatives had proved remarkably resilient.

Since the last election in 1959 their government had been rocked by scandals, resignations and a change of leadership yet they only just lost out on winning a fourth election in a row.