The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

General Election 1951
General Election 1951

General Election 1951 1951

Close

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.

Close

General Election 1951 1951

7 mins United Kingdom

In this fascinating film we see Slough's mayor, Alderman Percy Lightfoot, posting the proclamation of the forthcoming General Election. Teams set to work, issuing ballots and opening polling stations. On polling day Fenner Brockway, the Labour candidate, is seen chatting to voters. The Conservative candidate, Victor Rees, is also seen with supporters. On election night we see the votes being counted and the result read out by the mayor. It's a win for Fenner Brockway.

Fenner Brockway was an anti-war activist, anti-colonialist and politician. A member of the Independent Labour Party since 1907, he was imprisoned during the First World War for refusing to be conscripted. Brockway finally elected Member of Parliament for Leyton East in 1929. However, the Spanish Civil War marked a change in Fenner Brockway's pacifist views and he supported the struggle against fascism. An active supporter of Britain's role in the Second World War, he later became involved in various anti-colonial movements, being especially critical of Britain's handling of the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya. In 1950 he won the Parliamentary seat of Eton and Slough which he held until 1964.

At Wessex Film and Sound Archive you can see and hear history, from late Victorian times to the present day, through moving images and sound recordings. The Archive contains over 36,000 film and sound recordings relating to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including film and tapes of local TV and radio.

Genres

Government sponsored film Non-Fiction

Tags

Political campaigns Posters Speeches Electoral systems

Collection

Never Mind The Ballots

Released

1951

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Read lessRead more
Part of

1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film

Explore
The map

Subscription

View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later