UK election voting results and analysis 1970

General Election, 18th June 1970:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

629 seats plus the Speaker
Con 322 (+69);   Lab 287 (-76);   Lib 6 (-6);   SNat 1 (+1);   Others 5 (+4)   UU 8(-3)
A Conservative and UU majority of: 31

There is a breakdown of seats by region

Full results for each constituency

The total electorate was 39,398,518 of whom 28,345,643 voted - a turnout of 71.95%
The average electorate size was 62,537.33. In Conservative won seats the average was 67,146.82, Labour 56,954.93, Liberal 44,660.67, and Scot Nat 23,533.00.

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
Northern Ireland1,017,418778,93776.56%


Approximately 46 'parties' stood in the election - see the full list of parties for details. The reason for the uncertainty is that there was some flexibility in the reporting of candidates' affiliations. In some cases individual candidates standing under party-style labels were essentially just lone independents. The three major parties between them accounted for 94.98% of the votes cast. But the Conservative Party achieved its 51.11% of seats on the basis of support from 32.29% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 392 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 1,837 candidates stood in the election. 16 candidates (all but two were Labour) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast. 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 half (56.4%) 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 44.91% in Stepney to 92.06 in Fermanagh & South Tyrone (Hmmmnn ... ). Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.

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

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