LOOKING BACK - May 14 edition

Rugby's 1970 general election result announcement
Rugby's 1970 general election result announcement

General election 1970

If everyone’s not too fed up with election coverage, here’s a look back to the voting 45 years ago. This was town clerk Ian Ashworth reading Rugby’s result, with Conservative candidate Huw Griffith and his wife and winning Labour MP William Price. Archie Frost of the Social Credit party, who polled just 254 votes, is standing behind, along with Chief Supt Percy Brown. Mr Price was returned to office with an increased majority of 2,955 from just 409 in 1966. The voting was 25,041 to 22,086. The Advertiser’s report on June 26 said Mr Price fought the election on personal reputation and proved yet again that in Rugby the electorate is influenced more by the man than by party considerations and voters have not lost their inclination to swim against the tide. The result was announced at 1.30am to a crowd of 200 outside the Benn Hall. Rather than wait a week until the Advertiser was printed, readers were encouraged to call the Advertiser newsdesk from 9am that morning to find out who won. And the results were displayed in our window in Albert Street, as was tradition.