Results and Analysis May 1979

General Election, 3rd May 1979:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

634 seats plus the Speaker
Con 339 (+63);   Lab 268 (-51);   Lib 11 (-2);   Plaid 2 (-1);   SNP 2 (-9);   UU 5(-5)  Others 7 (+5)
Conservatives have an overall majority of 44

There is a breakdown of seats by region

Full results for each constituency

The total electorate was 41,091,260 of whom 31,221,733 voted - a turnout of 75.98%
The average electorate size was 64,710.65. In Conservative won seats the average was 68,457.35, Labour 59,720.09, Liberal 58,457.82, Plaid Cymru 35,145.50, and Scot Nat 43,361.50.

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
England34,207,08325,972,41975.93%
Northern Ireland1,027,204695,88967.75%
Scotland3,795,8652,916,63776.84%
Wales2,061,1081,636,78879.41%

Total41,091,26031,221,73375.98%

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. The Conservative Party achieved its 53.39% of seats on the basis of support from 33.33% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 432 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 2,575 candidates stood in the election. 14 candidates (11 Labour) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast.

The average size of majority was 10,293. The average Conservative majority was 11,663, Labour was 8,713, and Liberal 4,893. 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 just over two thirds 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 53.31% in Stepney & Poplar to 87.12% in Fermanagh & South Tyrone. 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

Thanks to Andy Sochanik for pointing out an error in the above figures.


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