Results and Analysis February 1974

General Election, 10th October 1974:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

634 seats plus the Speaker
Con 276 (-20);   Lab 319 (+18);   Lib 13 (-1);   Plaid 3 (+1);   SNP 11 (+4);   UU10(+1)  Others 2 (-2)
Labour has an overall majority of 4

There is a breakdown of seats by region

Full results for each constituency

The total electorate was 40,101,265 of whom 29,185,698 voted - a turnout of 72.78%
The average electorate size was 63,151.60. In Conservative won seats the average was 65,788.36, Labour 60,885.68, Liberal 56,899.69, Plaid Cymru 43,212.67, and Scot Nat 47,468.55.

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
England33,369,20724,189,77272.49%
Northern Ireland1,036,523700,09467.54%
Scotland3,686,7912,758,03474.81%
Wales2,008,7441,537,79876.56%

Total40,101,26529,185,69872.78%

Approximately 61 'parties', including various sorts of independent, stood in the election - see the full list for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 93.30% of the votes cast. But the Labour Party achieved its 50.24% of seats on the basis of support from 28.57% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 432 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 2,251 candidates stood in the election. 22 candidates (3 UUUC, the others Labour) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast. In one case (Rhondda) 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 40% 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 49.97% in Chelsea to 88.68% in Fermanagh & South Tyrone. Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.

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


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