AT A GLANCE

UK General Elections

Results summaries for each Parliamentary election since 1974

Results summary comparison

YEAR
Seats per share of vote, proportional to the turnout.
317
262
35
12
1
23
330
232
1
8
56
1
22
306
258
57
6
23
356
198
62
5
25
413
166
52
5
23
418
165
46
6
24
336
271
20
3
21
376
229
22*
3
20
397
209
23*
2
19
339
269
11
2
14
319
277
13
11
15
301
297
14
7
16
* A second General Election was held in 1974 following the first one's result of a Hung Parliament and subsequent minority Government. In 1983 and 1987 the Liberal (Democrats) party and SDP contested as an alliance.

Turnout comparison

YEAR
50%
55%
60%
65%
70%
75%
80%
85%
90%
95%
2017
68.7
2015
66.4
2010
65.1
2005
61.4
2001
59.4
1997
71.3
1992
77.7
1987
75.3
1983
72.7
1979
76
1974 OCT
72.8
1974 FEB
78.8

Seat changes per election

2017
2015
2010
2005
2001
1997
1992
1987
1983
1979
1974B
1974A
70 111 99 61 27 182 62 46 69 70 29 61

In descending order chronologically

2017

Turnout: 68.7% 2.3
317Seats (48.8%) 13.65M Votes, 42.3%
CON
CANDIDATES: 637
HELD: 264
SEATS GAINED: 20
LOST: 33
PM Theresa May MP
261 (40.3%)12.86M, 40%
LAB
630**
219
+37
-5
Jeremy Corbyn MP
12 2.37M
LD
628
4
+8
-5
Tim Farron MP
35 .98
SN
59
-20
0 .59
UKI
377
1 .52
GR
468
23* 1.2
503
+6
-9
* Figure includes the independent Speaker of the House of Commons.
** Figure includes 50 candidates standing jointly with the Co-Operative Party.

2015

Turnout: 66.4% 1.3
330Seats (50.8%) 11.3M Votes, 36.9%
CON
CANDIDATES: 647
HELD: 296
SEATS GAINED: 28
LOST: 10
PM David Cameron MP
232 (35.7%)9.34M, 30.4%
LAB
630
210
+24
-48
Ed Miliband MP
1 3.88M, 12.7%
UKI
623
+0*
-1*
Nigel Farage MEP
8 2.42M
LD
631
-48
Nick Clegg MP
56 1.45
SN
59
+50
1 1.16
GR
575
22 1.14
740
+3
-8
* UK Independence Party had won two Parliamentary seats via 2014 by-elections.

2010

Turnout: 65.1% 3.7
306Seats (47.1%) 10.8M Votes, 36.4%
CON
CANDIDATES: 631
SEATS GAINED: 100
LOST: 3
David Cameron MP
258 (39.7%)8.61M, 29%
LAB
631
+3
-94
PM Gordon Brown MP
57 6.84M, 23%
LD
631
+8
-13
Nick Clegg MP
0 .92
UKI
558
0 .56
BN
338
6 .49
SN
59
23 1.57
872
+3
-6

2005

Turnout: 61.4% 2
356Seats (55.2%) 9.55M Votes, 35.2%
LAB
CANDIDATES: 627
SEATS GAINED: 0
LOST: 47

PM Tony Blair MP
198 (30.7%)8.78M, 32.4%
CON
630
+36
-3
Michael Howard MP
62 5.99M, 22%
LD
626
+16
-5
Charles Kennedy MP
0 .61
UKI
496
5 .41
SN
59
+2
0 .26
GR
575
25 1.5
740
+8
-7

2001

Turnout: 59.4% 11.9
413Seats (62.5%) 10.7M Votes, 40.7%
LAB
CANDIDATES: 640
SEATS GAINED: 2
LOST: 8
PM Tony Blair MP
166 (25.2%)8.36M - 31.7%
CON
643
+9
-8
William Hague MP
52 4.81M, 18.3%
LD
639
+8
-2
Charles Kennedy MP
5 .46
SN
72
-1
0 .39
UKI
428
6 .22
UU
575
17 1.4
845
+7
-3

1997

Turnout: 71.3% 6.4
418Seats (63.4%) 13.52M Votes, 43.2%
LAB
CANDIDATES: 639
SEATS GAINED: 145
LOST: 0
Tony Blair MP
165 (25%)9.6M, 30.7%
CON
648
+0
-178
PM John Major MP
46 5.24M, 16.8%
LD
639
+30
-2
Paddy Ashdown MP
0 .81
REF
547
6 .62
SN
72
+3
10 .26
UU
16
+1
14 1.2
1031
+5
-2

1992

Turnout: 77.7% 2.4
336Seats (51.7%) 14.09M Votes, 41.9%
CON
CANDIDATES: 644
SEATS GAINED: +3
LOST: 44
PM John Major MP
271 (41.6%)11.56M - 34.4%
LAB
633
+43
-1
Neil Kinnock MP
20 6M, 17.8%
LD
632
+4
-6
Paddy Ashdown MP
3 .63
SN
72
+3
9 .27
UU
16
+1
4 .18
SDL
853
+1
8 1.2
853
-1

1987

Turnout: 75.3% 2.6
376Seats (57.9%) 13.76M Votes, 42.2%
CON
CANDIDATES: 633
SEATS GAINED: 9
LOST: 30
PM Margaret Thatcher MP
229 (35.2%) 10.03M, 30.8%
LAB
633
+26
-6
Neil Kinnock MP
22 7.34M, 22.6%
SD/L
633
+5
-6
David Owen MP & David Steel MP
3 .42
SN
72
+3
-2
9 .28
UU
16
-2
3 .15
SD
13
+2
8 5.5
853
+1

1983

Turnout: 72.7% 3.3
397Seats (61.1%) 13.01M Votes, 42.4%
CON
CANDIDATES: 633
SEATS GAINED: 47
LOST: 10
PM Margaret Thatcher MP
209 (32.2%) 8.46M, 27.6%
LAB
633
+4
-55
Michael Foot MP
17 4.3M, 13.9%
LIB
329
+6
David Steel MP
6 3.5M, 11.5%
SDP
307
+6
2 .33
SN
72
+2
19 1.1
538
+1

1979

Turnout: 76%3.2
339Seats (53.4%) 13.7M Votes, 43.9%
CON
CANDIDATES: 622
SEATS GAINED: 63
LOST: 1
Margaret Thatcher MP
269 (42.4%) 11.53M, 36.9%
LAB
623
+4
-54
PM James Callaghan MP
11 4.3M, 13.8%
LIB
577
+1
-3
David Steel MP
2 .5
SN
71
+2
5 .25
UU
11
+6
9 .9
674
+4
-1

1974

October

Turnout: 72.8% 6
319Seats (50.2%) 11.5M Votes, 39.2%
LAB
CANDIDATES: 623
SEATS GAINED: 20
LOST: 2
PM Harold Wilson MP
277 (43.6%) 10.5M, 35.8%
CON
623
+2
-22
Edward Heath MP
13 5.3M, 18.3%
LIB
619
+1
-2
Jeremy Thorpe MP
11 .84
SN
71
+4
6 .25
UU
7
-1
9 .8
310
+2
-2

February

Turnout: 78.8% 6.8
301Seats (47.4%) 11.65M Votes, 37.2%
LAB
CANDIDATES: 623
SEATS GAINED: 34
LOST: 14
Harold Wilson MP
297 (46.8%) 11.88M, 37.9%
CON
623
+5
-42
PM Edward Heath MP
14 6.06M, 19.3%
LIB
517
+8
Jeremy Thorpe MP
7 .63
SN
70
+6
7 .23
UU
7
+1
-2
9 .8
297
+9
-3

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