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Veterans of the 1945 general election explain how much Labour's victory meant

Eileen Thompson, 90, Southport, Merseyside: 'It tickled me that they had a run on false teeth'

"My father worked in cotton in Liverpool. He belonged to the union; he wanted justice for the working man. He used to take me down the docks to get the men organised, and they'd say, 'Here's Johnny and the kid.'

"The poverty was dreadful. In class, the teacher read out the register and if a child hadn't been in to school the day before, it was always for the same reason: they had stayed in bed while their mother washed their only set of clothes."

When Eileen was a nurse, her hospital in Liverpool was hit by two bombs.

"I always remember the second … it was on 3 May 1941. Babies born that day were killed with their mothers. Mr Grey, the surgeon, had not »

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