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From the Observer archive: this week in 1954

Winston Churchill is voted out of office

The election result is a crushing defeat for Mr. Churchill’s Government and party; it is no defeat for the war leader, the veteran of battles who inspired and stood for the country’s fighting spirit from the days of the disaster to the final triumph in the West.

A different result might well have done less to keep that reputation bright. If Mr. Churchill had continued as Prime Minister through a period of discords and discontents, becoming embroiled more and more deeply in party strife and compelled to devote his main attention to social-economic problems which …read more

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