Polling day in the 1964 general election

In a cliffhanger the Labour Party emerged victorious with an overall majority of 4, ending 13 years of Conservative rule. The Liberal Party, fielding 150 more candidates than in 1959, garnered more than 3 million votes and 9 MPs. The party gained 4 seats – Caithness & Sutherland, Ross & Cromarty, Inverness and Bodmin and also held on to Orpington the party’s 1962 by-election win. This was balanced by the loss of Bolton West and Huddersfield West to Labour following the end of a pact with the Tories and after the heady days post Orpington the result was something of a disappointment.