Great Britain: Omen on Avon

What with alarming figures from the National Opinion Poll and the confessions of Christine, top Tories were braced for bad news from last week's by-election to fill John Profumo's vacant seat at Stratford-upon-Avon, a true-blue Tory constituency. The news was bad all right, though hardly disastrous. Right-wing Conservative Angus Maude won with 15,846 votes, but the party's margin dropped from its 1959 peak of 14,129 to a mere 3,470.

The gains, however, did not go to the Labor Opposition, which has always run a poor second in Stratford; Tories either stayed away from the polls or voted Liberal. While Labor Candidate...

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