carpetcleaner wrote:After the February 1974 election Mr Wilson became PM replacing Mr Heath. Mr Wilson's Labour party got fewer votes than Mr Heath's Conservative party.
I don't remember anyone complaining about that at the time.
Actually, there was quite a lot of 'complaining' about it. Edward Heath, the incumbent PM. recognising that his party had (just) gained the plurality (not 'majority') of votes cast, if not of seats won, was most unhappy about the situation. He did his level best to strike a deal with Jeremy Thorpe of the Liberal party, to form a sort of 'anti-Socialist alliance', as it was called. N.b. there was no talk of 'coalition' at that time - that didn't happen until 2010
! Even with addition of the Liberals' quota of seats he would not have held a majority in the Commons. Anyway, Jeremy declined to come into any arrangement, so Heath had to give way to Wilson - who then successfully ran a minority government - without support from any other party - until October of that year.
Tory voters, clearly aggrieved at the state of affairs, were all clamouring for a recount - and when the second 1974 election was called, several told me they were confident of regaining a Tory majority.
They didn't. Wilson secured a small overall majority of seats - as well as the plurality of votes - that time around.
I remember all this from the time. Maybe my powers of recall are better than yours?