(One of a series of weekday posts on the life of Winston S. Churchill.)
July 25, 1945 – The BBC reported Churchill's surprising defeat in the General Election:
Clement Attlee has been elected Britain's new prime minister after Labour won a sweeping victory in the general election.There was much more in the news report which you can find in text form at On This Day at BBC.co.uk.
The outgoing prime minister and great wartime leader Winston Churchill tendered his resignation immediately.
The landslide victory comes as a major shock to the Conservatives following Mr Churchill's hugely successful term as Britain's war-time coalition leader, during which he mobilised and inspired courage in an entire nation.
Out of 627 seats Labour increased its seats from 164 to 393, giving the party its first independent majority of 159 seats over all other parties. […]
Following the announcement of the results this afternoon, Mr Churchill, who has held the positions of Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister of Defence continuously since May 10, 1940, went to Buckingham Palace to hand in his resignation.
Mr Attlee, 62, was welcomed by the King shortly afterwards and asked to form a new Government.
Throughout the election campaign Mr Churchill had appealed to the country to give his new National Government - formed after the dissolution of the Coalition government in May - a good majority.
But the appeal was rejected by the people of Britain, largely, it is thought, because they believed Labour's promises to implement the Beveridge Report and its plans for creating a welfare state.
In a statement issued from 10 Downing Street tonight Mr Churchill expressed his "profound gratitude for the unflinching, unswerving support" given to him by the people of Britain during the war years. […]
At a news conference this evening, Mr Attlee promised a new world order and an economic policy to raise the standards of life for people all over the world.
He said: "We are facing a new era and I believe that the voting at this election has shown that the people of Britain are facing that new era with the same courage as they faced the long years of war."
The outgoing prime minister had broken off meetings with the leaders of America and Russia in Potsdam on Wednesday (July 25) to return to Britain for the election results. […]
There quite a bit on the page including a photo of the victorious Attlee and a woman at his right who looks like Margaret Thatcher at 40. There’s also a brief Churchill biography, recollections of people who lived through the war and much more.
I hope you take a look. It’s a most interesting page.