AT A GLANCE

UK General Elections

Results summaries for each Parliamentary election since 1974

Results summary comparison

YEAR
Number of seats per share of vote. The share of the vote per party is proportional to the turnout for each election.
2017
317 seats 262 35 12 1 22
2015
330 232 1 8 56 1 22
2010
306 258 57 6 23
2005
356 198 62 5 25
2001
413 166 52 5 6 17
1997
418 165 46 6 10 14
1992
336 271 20 3 9 4 8
1987
376 229 22 3 9 3 8
1983
397 209 17 6 2 19
1979
339 269 11 2 5 9
1974 *
319 277 13 11 6 9
1974
301 297 14 7 7 9
* A second General Election was held in 1974 following the first one's result of a Hung Parliament and subsequent minority Government.

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

In descending order chronologically

2017

Turnout: 68.7% +2.3
317Seats (48.8%) 13.65M Votes, 42.3%
CON
CANDIDATES:637
HELD: 264
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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