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Early in the morning of October 24, 1951, the last day of the election campaign, the 76-year old Winston Churchill arrived in London by train from Plymouth where he had been campaigning. After spending part of the morning at Hyde Park Gate, his London home, he embarked on a final election tour. Along with his wife Clementine, Churchill went first to an open-air Conservative meeting at Churchill Hill that was addressed by J.E. Harvey, the Conservative candidate in East Walthamstow. Just a minute before he arrived, a procession of cars carrying the Labour leader and prime minister, Clement Attlee, passed by the meeting. In addressing the large audience, Churchill urged them to elect a stable government that would do “the best it can to raise our country to the splendid and glorious positon it occupied and which she can speedily regain if we all act together.” Churchill then moved to his own constituency of Woodford. They stopped first at Buckhurst Hill where on his arrival a shower of leaflets supporting the communist candidate in the division was thrown in the air. Churchill told his guests at luncheon at Woodford that afternoon that he would curtail his final tour of the constituency due to a cold he had caught in Plymouth. The tour lasted two and a half hours, ending at 5:30 after covering 30 miles. At his last stop Churchill asked the 500-strong crowd outside the Wanstead Conservative Club, “Do you not think it is about time, after six years of Shinwell-Attlee-Morrison government, that we had a change? You could hardly do worse.” That night Churchill concluded the campaign by issuing a message to the electorate. It read, “This is a fateful moment in the life of the British nation and I cannot stress too strongly the importance of everyone voting who is entitled to do so. I hope that none will neglect their duty on this occasion.”

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