UK General Election results July 1945
University seats

5th July 1945
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The region in which each constituency is situated is indicated in square brackets
A number in parentheses immediately after the constituency name indicates that the seat returns that number of MPs
§ indicates elected candidates

University Seats
Cambridge University (STV: 2)
[E] Conservative hold and Independent gain
First Count
K Pickthorn §Conservative10,20246.18%
JB PriestlyInd5,04122.82%
H Wilson HarrisInd3,57416.18%
C HillInd2,23810.13%
EL Howard-WilliamsInd1,0364.69%

Fourth Count
H Wilson Harris §    Ind6,55653.30%
JB PriestlyInd5,74546.70%

Electorate: 42,012; Turnout: 52.58%

The election was held using STV. There were 22,091 valid votes and the quota was 7,364. Pickthorn was elected at the first count and the surplus was redistributed; most of this went to Harris. There were four counts during which Hill's and Howard-Williams's votes were transferred to the remaining candidates.


English Combined Universities (STV: 2)
[E] Independent gains
First Count
E Rathbone §Ind11,17653.29%
S WormaldLabour Ind3,21215.31%
EC ArdenInd2,43311.60%
K Lindsay ¤Ind1,9239.17%
JH RichardsonInd1,1245.36%
A R FoxallInd1,1055.27%

Fifth Count
K Lindsay §    Ind5,82655.48%
S WormaldLabour Ind4,67544.52%

Electorate: 42,312; Turnout: 49.57%

The election was held using STV. There were 20,973 valid votes. The quota was 6,992. There five counts. Rathbone was elected at the first count. Most of her surplus went to Lindsay, who got the second seat after the elimination of Arden, Richardson, and Foxall
¤Curiously, Lindsay managed to win a seat despite fulfilling the criterion for losing his deposit (his % of 1st prefs = 9.17, i.e. less than one eighth).


London University
[E] Independent hold
E Graham-Little §Ind7,61850.49%
M StocksInd7,46949.51%

Electorate: 23,948;
Turnout: 63.00%; Majority: 149 (0.99%)

Oxford University (STV: 2)
[E] Independents hold
First Count
A Salter §Ind6,77144.19%
AP Herbert §Ind5,13633.52%
GDH ColeLabour3,41422.28%

Electorate: 28,921; Turnout: 52.98%

The election was held using STV. There were 15,321 valid votes. The quota was 5,108. Both Salter and Herbert achieved the quota at the first count and were elected.


Queen's University Belfast
[N] Ulster Unionist hold
DL Savory §Ulster Unionist1,92372.54%
T CusackInd72827.46%

Electorate: 5,134;
Turnout: 51.64%; Majority: 1,195 (45.08%)


Scottish Combined Universities (STV: 3)
[S] seats held
First Count
J Anderson §National16,01148.83%
J Boyd Orr §Ind10,68532.59%
HG SutherlandLabour2,8608.72%
RS WeirLiberal1,8725.71%
J Graham Kerr ¤Conservative1,3614.15%

Second Count
J Graham Kerr §Conservative8,99954.90%
HG SutherlandLabour4,07524.86%
RS WeirLiberal3,31920.25%

Electorate: 63,581; Turnout: 51.57%

The election was held using STV. There were 32,789 valid votes. The quota was 8,198. Anderson and Orr were elected on the first count and their supluses were transferred to the other candidates. Most of Anderson's surplus went to Kerr who also received more than a third of Orr's surplus. Thus Kerr was elected.
¤ Curiously, Kerr managed to win a seat despite fulfilling the criterion for losing his deposit (his % of 1/3 of 1st prefs = 12.45, i.e. less than one eighth).


University of Wales
[W] Liberal hold
WJ Gruffydd §Liberal5,23975.54%
G JonesWelsh Nationalist1,69624.46%

Electorate: 11,847;
Turnout: 58.54%; Majority: 3,543 (51.09%)

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