Results and Analysis

General Election, 6th May 2010

The final number of seats won by the parties was:

Con 306 (+108);   Lab 258 (-97);   LibD 57 (-5);   SNP 6 (n/c); PC 3 (n/c);
DUP 8 (-1); SF 5 (n/c); SDLP 3 (n/c); Alliance 1 (+1); Green 1 (+1); Independent 1 (n/c); Speaker 1 (n/c);

A Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was formed, having a working majority of 85 (this excludes Sinn Féin plus the Speaker and three deputies).

There were 650 seats, most of which were the subject of boundary changes — only 138 constituencies remained the same as in 2005. The election in Thirsk and Malton was delayed because of the death of the UKIP candidate, and was held on 27th May. The result in Oldham East & Saddleworth was declared void in an electoral court on 5th November 2010. Phil Woolas, the elected member, was suspended from the Labour party and banned from standing for Parliament for three years for making false statements against his opponent.

There is a breakdown of seats and percentage votes by region

Detailed results:

The total electorate was 45,597,461 of whom 29,687,604 voted - a turnout of 65.11%. 1.01% of ballots was invalid

valid vote
Northern Ireland1,169,184673,87157.64%0.80%

The average electorate size was 70,150. In Conservative won seats the average was 72,418, Labour 68,487, LibDem 69,440, Plaid Cymru 46,312, and SNP 58,746.

Altogether 134 'parties' stood in the election (out of a total of 396 registed political parties) - see the full list for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 88.07% of the votes cast. But the Conservative achieved their 47.08% of seats on the basis of support from 23.47% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties.

A total of 4,150 candidates stood in the election, of whom 1,893 lost their deposits (45.61%) and spent £946,500 in doing so. 9 candidates (7 Labour, 1 LibDem, 1 Sinn Fein) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast.

The average majority was 8,366. Among Conservative seats the average was 9,470, in Labour seats 7,911, and in the LibDem seats it was 5,580. How this compares with previous elections may be seen 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.

In about a third (217) 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. In Great Grimsby only 17.60% of the electorate voted for Austin Mitchell the winning Labour candidate.

Turnout ranged from 44.31% in Manchester Central to 77.26% in Renfrewshire East, . Constituencies are listed in order of turnout. .

There is a list of constituencies in the order in which their results were declared.

Party election manifestos are available here.

The BBC has party election broadcasts. Some party election broadcasts may be seen here

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Last Modified: 24 Feb 15
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