Foreign News: By-Election Barometer

Because Britain's major parties have contrived to postpone a general election until further notice, occasional by-elections to fill vacancies in Parliament are the best indications of political trends. Last week a by-election at Eddisbury (TIME, March 29) suggested a trend away from the principal, trucing parties (Labor, Conservative, Liberal).

After three fizzling tries, the new Common Wealth Party elected its first Member of Parliament: R.A.F. Warrant Officer John Loverseed defeated Thomas Peacock, the candidate endorsed by Winston Churchill's predominantly conservative National Government. What the people of Eddisbury voted for was best explained by Common Wealth's zealous founder, Sir Richard Acland (who holds...

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