UK election voting results and analysis 1970

General Election, 31st March 1966:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

629 seats plus the Speaker
Con 242 (-51);   Lab 363 (+48);   Lib 12 (+2);   Others 1 (+1)   UU 11(-1)
A Labour majority of: 97

There is a breakdown of seats and votes by region

Full results for each constituency

The total electorate was 35,964,998 of whom 27,263,508 voted - a turnout of 75.81%
The average electorate size was 57,087.30. In Conservative won seats the average was 59,720.97, Labour 55,051.41, Liberal 47,009.67.

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
England29,900,08522,691,75175.89%
Northern Ireland902,301596,24466.08%
Scotland3,360,7402,552,07875.94%
Wales1,801,8721,423,43579.00%

Total35,964,99827,263,50875.81%

Approximately 36 'parties' stood in the election - see the full list of parties for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 96.10% of the votes cast. But the Labour Party achieved its 57.62% of seats on the basis of support from 36.13% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 238 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 1,707 candidates stood in the election. 42 candidates (all but three were Labour) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast, and 8 Labour candidates had majorities that were more than 50% of the electorate.

The average size of majority was 8,308. The average Conservative majority was 6,155, Labour was 9,719, and Liberal 2,232. 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 71% 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 48.92% in Down North to 87.53% in Cornwall North. Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.

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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