Foreign News: Vote of Confidence

On the day Americans went to the polls, Englishmen had their eyes on the Buckinghamshire constituency of High Wycombe, where Disraeli three times sought election and lost. There Tories and Socialists were embroiled in a lusty campaign for the seat of Tory William Waldorf Astor, elevated to the peerage (as Viscount Astor) on his father's death.

It was the seventh British by-election since Winston Churchill's Tories returned to power. Both sides rolled out their biggest guns: Laborite Clement Attlee and Herbert Morrison took to the stump for Labor, Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden toured Wycombe's village greens in a soaking rainstorm for the...

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