Great Britain: The Loss of Luton

The booming automobile-making town of Luton, Tory Party Chairman John Hare declared recently, is "a microcosm of the Britain we are building." If so, it may be the Socialists who will take over the construction job. At a by-election last week in Luton, 30 miles northwest of London, voters elected a Labor M.P. for the first time in 13 years, turning the Tories' 1959 majority of 5,000 votes into a thumping 3,749-vote margin for Labor. The switch, pronounced Labor Party Leader Harold Wilson triumphantly, was clear proof that "the Conservative government has totally lost the confidence of the country."

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