Great footage from the 1969 Islington North Parliamentary by-election

Some things are rather different about elections in North Islington now compared with 1969, including the fame of the current MP. But as this report from the 1969 Islington North by-election shows – not everything.

Note in particular the early reference to immigration and housing.

Despite the less than flattering portrayal of levels of support for the Conservative candidate, he secured a 9.2% swing as Labour held the seat by just 1,534.ย The independent candidate, who gets a very favourable cut of the coverage, polled just 245 votes.

A reminder of the perils of such editorially selected decisions about how to portray people in the absence of good polling data to provide an objective frame of reference.


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