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General election trail

Discover incredible objects from general elections.

1950 general election

Labour Party poster from the 1950 general election celebrating ‘work for all’

Poster with a black and white picture of a man holding a spade with red text reading: 'work for all... thanks to Labour'.The 1950 general election saw 84% of eligible voters cast a vote, the largest turnout in British history.  Since 2001 turnout at general elections has not risen above 70%.

Did you know?  The 1950 general election was the first election where people were barred from voting more than once.  Prior to this some people, for example students at certain universities, were entitled to vote in multiple constituencies.

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