Results and Analysis February 1974

General Election, 28th February 1974:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

634 seats plus the Speaker
Con 296 (-34);   Lab 301 (+14);   Lib 14 (+8);   Plaid 2 (+2);   SNat 7 (+6);   UU 9(+1)  Others 5 (nc)
No party has overall majority, Labour forms government.

There is a breakdown of seats by region

Full results for each constituency

The total electorate was 39,769,321 of whom 31,335,098 voted - a turnout of 78.79%
The average electorate size was 62,628.85. In Conservative won seats the average was 65,282.28, Labour 59,875.15, Liberal 56,064.50, Plaid Cymru 34,358.00, and Scot Nat 44,156.71. The election was fought on a new register, and many seats had significant boundary revisions. The Labour Party received fewer votes than the Conservatives but won more seats

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
England33,074,40326,137,02679.02%
Northern Ireland1,041,886717,58668.87%
Scotland3,660,2882,886,65378.86%
Wales1,992,7441,593,83379.98%

Total39,769,32131,335,09878.79%

Approximately 60 'parties', including various sorts of independent, stood in the election - see the full list for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 94.26% of the votes cast. But the Labour Party achieved its 47.40% of seats on the basis of support from 29.27% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 293 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 2,135 candidates stood in the election. 14 candidates (all Labour) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast. In one case (Hemsworth) the winner's majority was 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. It is also interesting to note that in just over a third (35.75%) 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 58.50% in Liverpool Scotland Exchange to 91.24% in Aylesbury. Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.

Transcripts are available of the Conservative and Labour party election television broadcasts


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