|Deposits as %|
of total candidates
¶ excludes two-member constituencies: see discussion.
Number of candidates
The forfeiture of deposits was introduced in 1918. Initially, candidates
The threshold was changed to 5% and the deposit increased to £500 in 1985.
- in one-member and two-member seats needed to get one eighth (12.5%) of the total valid votes cast (i.e. ballot papers) to avoid losing their deposits
- in seats returning three or more members candidates needed to get one eigth of the total valid votes divided by the number of seats in order to avoid losing their deposits
- in STV elections, the calculation was based on the 1st preference figures in the 1st count
- if they stood in more than one constituency, candidates were not able to recover more than one deposit, even if they were qualified to do so in several seats
Candidates and lost deposits in UK General Elections since 1945
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Last Modified: 22 Oct 12