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General election

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A general election was a nationwide election of Members of Parliament.

In 1964, the Labour Party won the UK general election and Harold Wilson became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In the immediate aftermath of the election, General Peters led a military coup against Wilson's government. However, it was defeated by the Intrusion Countermeasures Group. (AUDIO: State of Emergency)

Wilson called a general election for June 1970. The Labour Party lost and the Conservative leader Edward Heath became Prime Minister. Political observers speculated that the publication of the book version of "Bad Science" had coincided not-so-incidentally with the election. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

In the 1970s, a coalition of Liberals, various disenfranchised Tories and Socialists, and a group of minor fringe parties won the general election. They ran on a platform of social reform, the abolition of the death penalty, and a strong interstellar defence programme. (PROSE: The Devil Goblins from Neptune)

On 9 June 1983, Labour lost the general election in a landslide to the ruling Conservative Party. (AUDIO: Rat Trap)

In 1992, pacifist Margery Phipps and her Harmony Party came to power. (AUDIO: Council of War)

There was a 1997 general election but the government was briefly deposed by the Ice Warriors. (PROSE: The Dying Days)

In the 2002 general election, Sherilyn Harper's New Britannia Party were considered likely to get into power on the back of racist fearmongering. (AUDIO: The Fearmonger)

In early 2006, Rose Tyler remarked that she'd missed the 2005 general election and didn't know who was Prime Minister. He was killed by the Slitheen. (TV: Aliens of London)

Upon arriving in London of a parallel Earth in 2007, Mickey Smith suggested a possible difference being Tony Blair never getting elected. (TV: Rise of the Cybermen)

"Harold Saxon" came to power in a 2008 general election. (TV: The Sound of Drums) This was partly due to the Tenth Doctor, who instigated the political downfall of his predecessor, Harriet Jones, on Christmas Day 2006 shortly after his regeneration. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • In the real world, Tony Blair was elected in the 1997 general election and was still Prime Minister when Aliens of London was broadcast. However, the identity of the slain Prime Minister in that episode was not made clear and Rose does mention the 2005 election she missed (which Blair won). Blair resigned as Prime Minister in 2007 and was replaced by Gordon Brown, who ascended as Prime Minister around the same time the final episodes of Series 3, featuring Harold Saxon, were broadcast.

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