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1974 October: Wilson makes it four
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The election results from BBC Television
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Harold Wilson talks up Labour's Social Contract
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Heath pitching for votes
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Wilson's after election speech
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Party vote share
 

Turnout predictably dropped after February's election, as Labour tightened its grip on power. But Wilson struggled to get a Commons majority of three - despite landslide predictions.

It was an uncertain mandate, but no party would be likely to try and force the government from office in the medium term, not after two elections had taken place in the same year.

Labourís vote share of 39.2% was low, but the Conservatives fared even worse on 35.8%, their worst total since 1935.

The Liberals held fairly steady, dropping just one seat and seeing their share of the vote fall by a single point to 18.3%.

But between them the Scots and Welsh nationalists now held one more seat than the Liberals, taking 14 - 11 for the SNP and three for Plaid Cymru.

The racist National Front party also made a strong showing on the fringes of the election, putting up 90 candidates.