General Election, 7th June 2001: The final number of seats won by the parties was:
Con 166 (+1); Lab 412 (+ Speaker) (-6); LibD 52 (+6); SNP 5 (-1); PC 4 (n/c);
UUP 6 (-4); DUP 5 (+3); SF 4 (+2); SDLP 3 (n/c); Independent 1 (-1);
A working Labour majority of 166
There is a breakdown of seats and percentage votes by region
The list of MPs gives full results for each constituency
Results in zipped Excel spreadsheet format (214K)
The total electorate was 44,401,238 of whom 26,366,992 voted - a turnout of 59.38%
The average electorate size was 67,377. In Conservative won seats the average was 72,117, Labour 65,746, LibDem 68,024, Plaid Cymru 47,494, and SNP 59,343.
A note about accuracy: The only way to compile a totally accurate set of results is to have photocopies of the official returns. I do not have these. My constituency results are put together from a variety of sources: BBC, ITV, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Electoral Commission, and Vacher Dod's Dod's Guide to the General Election June 2001. One problem here is that it is not clear which of these sources is independent and which is using a shared source. On the whole, the newspapers tended to agree with each other (suggesting they all bought-in their results from the same source, probably the PA). The broadcasters did not always agree with the newspapers. I have tried to resolve the various conflicts, but if I have made mistakes I should be glad to know about them - please email me.
The main problem has been with the electorate figures for each constituency. The Electoral Commission publishes "The Official Results". Vacher Dod claim that their figures are compiled from information supplied by returning officers in the week following the election. The problem has been that the two sources disagree on many of the constituency electorate figures, to an extent that probably cannot be explained by simple typographical errors. The Electoral Commission tells me that it wrote to Acting Returning Officers requesting electorate figures in May. Updates to the February electoral register on the basis of 'rolling registration' ceased on 22nd May (the deadline for nominations), and so it is likely that the Electoral Commission figures are correct if all AROs replied after 22nd. I find it very odd that Returning Officers are not required to certify the number of voters who are eligible to vote in each election as part of their announcement of the result.
The only source I have for the Time of Declaration is the Guardian website, so this has not been independently checked. I understand that times taken from tapes of the election night broadcasts give different figures. Swing, and percentage majorities have not been calculated by me, but are as reported (the latter can easily be checked in the spreadsheet).
Altogether 78 'parties' stood in the election - see the full list for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 90.63% of the votes cast. But Labour achieved its 62.5% of seats on the basis of support from 24.2% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 1,177 candidates lost their deposits.
35 candidates (all Labour) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast. The average size of majority was 8,494. The average Conservative majority was 6,930, Labour was 9,629, and LibDem 5,523. These figures may be seen in comparison with other elections here. There is a list of constituencies in order of percentage majority, together with separate lists for the three main parties in order of marginality. It is also interesting to note that in nearly half (326) of the constituencies the winner had more than 50% of the votes cast, and there is a list of constituencies in order of the winner's percentage of votes cast. One issue that often interests people is what proportion of the electorate a winning candidate achieves. This is also included in this list.
The Conservatives registered swings to them in about half the seats won by Labour and in about threequarters of their own seats. They needed a swing of about 7.5% in order to nullify Labour's overall majority. There were swings to the Conservatives of more than 7.0% in only seven seats. There is a list of constituencies in order of magnitude of swing.
Turnout ranged from 34.1% in Liverpool Riverside to 81.34% in Mid Ulster. Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.
Some analysis of turnout is available at:
All but 34 seats were declared overnight. There is a list of constituencies in order of declaration.
A copy of the Electoral Commission's final report on the cost of the election is available (in pdf format).
Transcripts are available of the Conservative and Labour party election television broadcasts
Copies of party election manifestos are available for the Conservative , Labour, and Liberal parties
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