UK election voting results and analysis 1970

General Election, 26th May 1955:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

630 seats:
Con 345¹ (+24);   Lab 277 (-18);   Lib 6 (-);   Sinn Fein 2 (+2)  
¹ Includes 10 Ulster Unionists, 3 Conservative & National Liberal, 6 National Liberal & Conservative, 3 Conservative & Liberal, 5 Liberal & Conservative, and 2 National Liberal
A Conservative majority of: 59 (excluding the Speaker [Conservative] )

There is a breakdown of seats by region

Full results for each constituency

The total electorate was 34,855,916 of whom 26,765,025 voted - a turnout of 76.79%
The average electorate size was 55,326.85. In Conservative won seats the average was 54,945.26 (not including associates), Labour 55,526.81, and Liberal 44,310.00

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
Northern Ireland873,399646,62174.04%


Approximately 20 'parties' stood in the election - see the full list of parties for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 98.67% of the votes cast. But the Conservatives and their associates achieved their 54.76% of seats on the basis of support from 38.19% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 99 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 1,409 candidates stood in the election, and for the first time, there were no unopposed candidates. 33 candidates (23 Labour, 6 Conservative, and 4 Ulster Unionist) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast, and 5 candidates had majorities that were more than 50% of the electorate.

The average size of majority was 8,774. The average Conservative majority was 8,714, Labour was 8,437, and Liberal 6,244. 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, and there is a table showing the average majority of each party. It is also interesting to note that in 94.13% 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 54.67% in Banff to 92.56% in Fermanagh & South Tyrone. Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.

Copies of party election manifestos are available for the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal parties

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