UK election voting results and analysis 1970

General Election, 25th October 1951:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

625 seats:
Con 321¹ (+23);   Lab 295 (-20);   Lib 6 (-);   Others 3 (-)  
¹ Includes 9 Ulster Unionists, 2 Conservative & National Liberal, 7 National Liberal & Conservative, 2 Conservative & Liberal, 7 Liberal & Conservative, and 1 National Liberal
A Conservative majority of: 17 (no sitting Speaker contested the election, subsequently a Conservative was elected Speaker)

There is a breakdown of seats and percentage vote by region

Full results for each constituency

The total electorate was 34,912,979 of whom 28,596,554 voted - a turnout of 81.91%, or 82.60% excluding the electorate in unopposed seats

The average electorate size was 55,860.77. In Conservative won seats the average was 55,869.31 (not including associates), Labour 55,775.27, and Liberal 44,881.33. Four seats were unopposed

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
Northern Ireland871,855463,21653.13% §

Total34,912,97928,596,55481.91% §

§ excluding 292,221 electors in the four unopposed seats, the turnout was 79.92% in Northern Ireland, and 82.60% overall

Approximately 20 'parties' stood in the election - see the full list of parties for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 94.79% of the votes cast, or 99.30% if the Conservatives' associates are included. But the Conservatives and their associates achieved their 51.36% of seats on the basis of support from 39.29% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 96 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 1,376 candidates stood in the election. 32 candidates (28 Labour, 2 Conservative, and 2 Ulster Unionist) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast, and 11 candidates had majorities that were more than 50% of the electorate.

The average size of majority was 9,202. The average Conservative majority was 8,435, Labour was 9,994, and Liberal 6,013. 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, and there is a table showing the average majority of each party. It is also interesting to note that in 93.72% 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 57.51% in Ross & Cromarty to 97.31% in Lanark. Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.

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

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