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
317 Seats (48.8%) 13.65M Votes, 42.3%
CON GAINED 20 LOST 33
PM Theresa May MP
& 636 other candidates
261 (40.3%)12.86M, 40%
LAB +37 -5

Jeremy Corbyn MP
& 630**
122.37M
LDT +8 -5
Tim Farron MP
& 628
35.98
SNP
+1 -20
59
0.59
UKI
0 0
377
1.52
GRN
0 0
468
23*1.2
+6 -9
503
* 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
330 Seats (50.8%) 11.3M Votes, 36.9%
CON GAINED 28 LOST 10

PM David Cameron MP
& 646 other candidates
232 (35.7%)9.34M, 30.4%
LAB +24 -48

Ed Miliband MP
& 630
13.88M, 12.7%
UKI +1 -1*
Nigel Farage
& 623
82.42M
LDT 0 -48
Nick Clegg MP
631
561.45
SNP
+50 0
59
11.16
GRN
0 0
575
221.14
+3 -8
740
* UK Independence Party had won two Parliamentary seats via 2014 by-elections.

2010

Turnout: 65.1% +3.7
306 Seats (47.1%) 10.8M Votes, 36.4%
CON GAINED 100 LOST 3

David Cameron MP
& 630 other candidates
258 (39.7%)8.61M, 29%
LAB +3 -94

PM Gordon Brown MP
& 630
57 6.84M, 23%
LDT +8 -13
Nick Clegg MP
& 630
0.92
UKI 0 0
558
0.56
BNP 0 0
338
6.49
SNP 0 0
59
231.57
+3 -6
872

2005

Turnout: 61.4% +2
356 Seats (55.2%) 9.55M Votes, 35.2%
LAB -47

PM Tony Blair MP
& 626 other candidates
198 (30.7%)8.78M, 32.4%
CON +36 -3

Michael Howard MP
& 629
625.99M, 22%
LDT +16 -5
Charles Kennedy MP
& 625
0.61
UKI 0 0
496
5.41
SNP +2 0
59
0.26
GRN 0 0
575
251.5
+8 -7
740

2001

Turnout: 59.4% 11.9
413 Seats (62.5%) 10.7M Votes, 40.7%
LAB +2 -8

PM Tony Blair MP
& 639 other candidates
166 (25.2%)8.36M - 31.7%
CON +9 -8

William Hague MP
& 642
524.81M, 18.3%
LDT +8 -2
Charles Kennedy MP
& 638
5.46
SNP 0 -1
72
0.39
UKI 0 0
428
6.22
UUP 0 0
575
171.4
+7 -3
845

1997

Turnout: 71.3% 6.4
418 Seats (63.4%) 13.52M Votes, 43.2%
LAB +145

Tony Blair MP
& 638 other candidates
165 (25%)9.6M, 30.7%
CON -178

PM John Major MP
& 647
465.24M, 16.8%
LDT +30 -2
Paddy Ashdown MP
& 638
0.81
REF 0 0
547
6.62
SNP +3 0
72
10.26
UUP +1 0
16
141.2
+5 -2
1031

1992

Turnout: 77.7% +2.4
336 Seats (51.7%) 14.09M Votes, 41.9%
CON +3 -44

PM John Major MP
& 644 other candidates
271 (41.6%)11.56M - 34.4%
LAB +43 -1

Neil Kinnock MP
& 633
206M, 17.8%
LDT +4 -6
Paddy Ashdown MP
& 631
3.63
SNP +3 0
72
9.27
UUP +1 0
16
4.18
SDL +1 0
13
81.2
0 -1
853

1987

Turnout: 75.3% +2.6
376 Seats (57.9%) 13.76M Votes, 42.2%
CON +9 -30

PM Margaret Thatcher MP
& 632 other candidates
229 (35.2%) 10.03M, 30.8%
LAB +26 -6

Neil Kinnock MP
& 632
22 7.34M, 22.6%
SDP/L +5 -6
David Owen MP & David Steel MP & 631
3 .42
SNP +3 -2
72
9 .28
UUP +0 -2
16
3 .15
SDL +2 0
13
8 5.5
+1 0
853

1983

Turnout: 72.7% 3.3
397 Seats (61.1%) 13.01M Votes, 42.4%
CON +47 -10

PM Margaret Thatcher MP
& 632 other candidates
209 (32.2%) 8.46M, 27.6%
LAB +4 -55

Michael Foot MP
& 632
17 4.3M, 13.9%
LIB +6 0
David Steel MP & 328
6 3.5M, 11.5%
SDP +6 0
307
2.33
SNP +2 0
72
191.1
+1 0
538

1979

Turnout: 76% +3.2
339 Seats (53.4%) 13.7M Votes, 43.9%
CON +63 -1
Margaret Thatcher MP
& 621 other candidates
269 (42.4%) 11.53M, 36.9%
LAB +4 -54
PM James Callaghan MP
& 622
11 4.3M, 13.8%
LIB +1 -3
David Steel MP & 576
2.5
SNP +2 0
71
5 .25
UUP +6 0
11
9.9
+4 -1
674

1974

October

Turnout: 72.8% 6
319 Seats (50.2%) 11.5M Votes, 39.2%
LAB +20 -2
PM Harold Wilson MP
& 622 other candidates
277 (43.6%) 10.5M, 35.8%
CON +2 -22
Edward Heath MP
& 621
13 5.3M, 18.3%
LIB +1 -2
Jeremy Thorpe MP & 618
11.84
SNP +4 0
71
6 .25
UUP 0 -1
7
9.8
+2 -2
310

February

Turnout: 78.8% 6.8
301 Seats (47.4%) 11.65M Votes, 37.2%
LAB +34 -14
Harold Wilson MP
& 622 other candidates
297 (46.8%) 11.88M, 37.9%
CON +5 -42
PM Edward Heath MP
& 622
14 6.06M, 19.3%
LIB +8 0
Jeremy Thorpe MP & 516
7.63
SNP +6 0
70
7 .23
UUP +1 -2
7
9.8
+9 -3
297

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