UK election voting results and analysis 1970

General Election, 23rd February 1950:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

625 seats:
Con 298¹ (+);   Lab 315 (-);   Lib 9 (-);   Speaker 1(-)   Others 2 (-)  
¹ Includes 10 Ulster Unionists, 4 Conservative & National Liberal, 7 National Liberal & Conservative, 2 Conservative & Liberal, 2 Liberal & Conservative, and 2 National Liberal
A Labour majority of: 6

There is a breakdown of seats and percentage vote by region

Full results for each constituency

There were extensive boundary revisions, affecting all but 80 seats. In addition the 12 university seats, the business vote, and two-member constituencies - were abolished.

The total electorate was 34,410,265 of whom 28,770,844 voted - a turnout of 83.61%, or 83.95% excluding the electorate in unopposed seats

The average electorate size was 55,056.42. In Conservative won seats the average was 54,993.54 (not including associates), Labour 55,177.00, and Liberal 42,293.44. Two seats were unopposed (Antrim N and Armagh).

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
England28,372,97023,954,50984.43%
Northern Ireland865,085561,42864.90% §
Scotland3,370,0282,726,23580.90%
Wales1,802,1821,528,67284.82%

Total34,410,26528,770,84483.61% §

§ excluding 140,501 electors in the two unopposed seats, the turnout was 77.48% in Northern Ireland, and 83.95% overall

Approximately 31 'parties' stood in the election - see the full list of parties for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 94.13% of the votes cast, or 98.68% if the Conservatives' associates are included. Labour achieved its 50.40% of seats on the basis of support from 38.55% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 461 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 1,868 candidates stood in the election. 33 candidates (28 Labour, 1 Conservative, 3 Ulster Unionist, and the Speaker) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast, and 13 candidates had majorities that were more than 50% of the electorate. There is a list of constituencies in order of percentage majority, together with separate lists for the three main parties in order of marginality, and there is a table showing the average majority of each party. It is also interesting to note that in 69.76% 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. Turnout ranged from 55.72% in the Western Isles to 92.05% in Fermanagh & South Tyrone. Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.

In Manchester Moss Side the Conservative candidate died before polling day. F Horsbrugh, who was defeated in Midlothian & Peebles, won the subsequent election on March 9th. In Warwick & Leamington the number of votes cast for each candidate was incorrectly announced at the count, the correct result being announced on 8th March.

Copies of party election manifestos are available for the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal parties

Thanks to Graem Peters for providing corrections.


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