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A brief biography of Eric Gower
by Graham Stevenson
Eric Gower, who had been Secretary of Manchester City Labour Party, stood as Communist candidate for Parliament in a by-election in Stretford, a separate town to Manchester, in late 1939.
The campaign was made more than difficult because of the black-outs and also the electoral truce, whereby the main parties agreed not to fight each other.
A record number of factory gate and street meetings were held and leaflets distributed.
Harry Pollitt worked full-time in the campaign.
Gower polled what was for the Party a respectable 1514 votes, or over 5%.