Britain: Breakthrough

The alliance scores a first

It had been a little-noticed constituency in a fading area of South London, but last week the voters put Croydon (NorthWest) on Britain's political map. For the first time, a candidate backed by the alliance between the Liberal Party and the new Social Democratic Party (S.D.P.) took on Labor and the Tories. When the count was in, the alliance candidate had won a stunning victory, taking 40% of the vote, vs. 30.5% for the Conservatives and 26% for Labor. "We have split the old party system wide open...

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