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A fascinating film from 1931 showing the National Government candidate, William Craven Craven-Ellis, on the hustings in Southampton.
Amateur film 1931 13 mins Silent
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We're on the campaign trail in Southampton during the 1931 General Election. Mr Craven-Ellis is standing for election as the National Government candidate. We see him on the hustings, addressing open-air meetings and chatting with smiling supporters. Many political posters are seen, endorsing him as candidate as well as the National Government. We also see a variety of lucky mascots; a 'stuffed' black cat, a horseshoe and the candidate's dog.
William Craven-Ellis remained Southampton's MP until the General Election of 1945 when he was ousted by the former Labour incumbent, Ralph Morley.
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