The political landscape may have changed significantly over the last 40 years - along with the high streets of Ealing and Acton - but the history of the borough still echoes around the stonework of our town halls.

These photographs from our archives show the aftermath of two major elections held in 1968, when successful political campaigning was even more about engaging people on the streets.

The first, at Acton Town Hall, shows the aftermath of the March 28 by-election which heralded the arrival of Kenneth Baker in the House of Commons.

The Conservative MP - now Baron Baker of Dorking - was elected at the age of 33 and represented Acton for two years before losing his seat to Nigel Spearing in the 1970 general election, but returned the same year to fight and win another by-election, in St Marylebone.

He went on to enjoy a high profile career in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet, where as Education Secretary he presided over the controversial launch of the National Curriculum in 1988.

Lord Baker was the Conservative Party chairman at the time of Thatcher's political demise and was then made Home Secretary, where his tenure was marred by prison riots and controversy over the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

He was made a life peer after standing down from his seat before the 1997 election.

The political campaigning in Acton in 1968 was followed in August by another election of international significance in Ealing when Joginder Singh Sandhu was chosen as president of Shiromani Akali Dal UK, an umbrella group representing Sikhs in Britain.

Prominent Sikhs from 25 branches across the country descended on Ealing to vote in the election and witness Mr Sandhu's appointment on the town hall steps, at a time in which severe political upheaval in India was reflected in factional in-fighting overseas.