candidates

Year455051555964667074F74O7983879297010510
Candidates165818681376140915361757170718372135225225752577232529483724331935544150
Lost deposits175461969911618623840832144210017392899001569117713851893
Deposits as %
of total candidates
10.5524.686.987.037.5510.5913.9422.2115.0419.6338.8728.6812.4330.5342.1335.4638.9745.61

excludes two-member constituencies: see discussion.

Number of candidates

candidates since 1945

Lost Deposits

lost deposits

The forfeiture of deposits was introduced in 1918. Initially, candidates

The threshold was changed to 5% and the deposit increased to £500 in 1985.


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Last Modified: 22 Oct 12