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United Kingdom general election, January 1910

United Kingdom general election, January 1910

15 January – 10 February 1910

All 670 seats in the House of Commons
336 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader H. H. Asquith Arthur Balfour John Redmond
Party Liberal Conservative Irish Parliamentary
Leader since 30 April 1908 11 June 1902 6 February 1900
Leader's seat East Fife City of London Waterford City
Last election 399 seats, 48.7% 156 seats, 42.9% 82 seats, 0.6%
Seats won 274 272 71
Seat change Decrease 125 Increase 116 Decrease 11
Popular vote 2,866,157 3,104,407 74,047
Percentage 43.1% 46.7% 1.2%
Swing Decrease 5.4% Increase 3.4% Increase 0.6%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Arthur Henderson William O'Brien
Party Labour All-for-Ireland
Leader since 22 January 1908 15 January 1910
Leader's seat Barnard Castle Cork City
Last election 29 seats, 5.7% N/A
Seats won 40 8
Seat change Increase 11 Increase 8
Popular vote 505,657 23,605
Percentage 7.6% 0.4%
Swing Increase 2.2% Increase 0.4%

PM before election

H. H. Asquith
Liberal

Subsequent PM

H. H. Asquith
Liberal

The United Kingdom general election of January 1910 was held from 15 January to 10 February 1910. The government called the election in the midst of a constitutional crisis caused by the rejection of the People's Budget by the House of Lords, in order to get a mandate to pass the budget.

The election produced a hung parliament, with the Conservative Party led by Arthur Balfour and their Liberal Unionist allies receiving the largest number of votes, but the Liberals led by H. H. Asquith winning the largest number of seats, returning two more MPs than the Conservatives. Asquith formed a government with the support of the Irish Parliamentary Party, led by John Redmond. A second election was soon held in December.

The Labour Party, led by Arthur Henderson, continued to gain strength, going from 29 seats to 40.

1900 election MPs
1906 election MPs
Jan 1910 election MPs
Dec 1910 election MPs
1918 election MPs

Contents

  • Results 1
    • Voting summary 1.1
    • Seats summary 1.2
  • See also 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4

Results

274 272 71 40 13
Liberal Conservative IP Labour O
UK General Election January 1910
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Conservative and Liberal Unionist 594 272 (240 + 32) + 116 40.6 46.8 2,919,236 +3.4
  Liberal 511 274 - 123 40.9 43.5 2,712,511 -5.4
  Labour 78 40 + 11 6.0 7.0 435,770
  Irish Parliamentary 85 71 0 11 - 11 10.6 1.2 74,047 +0.6
  All-for-Ireland 10 8 8 0 + 8 1.2 0.4 23,605
  Independent Nationalist 10 3 3 2 + 2 0.5 0.3 16,533
  Social Democratic Federation 9 0 0 0 0 0.2 13,479 -0.1
  Independent Conservative 4 1 1 1 0 0.1 0.2 11,772
  Free Trader 4 0 0 0 0 0.2 11,553
  Independent Labour 6 0 0 1 - 1 0.2 9,936
  Independent Liberal 3 1 1 0 + 1 0.1 0.1 5,237
  Scottish Prohibition 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 756

All parties shown.

Seat Winners in England and Wales

Voting summary

Popular vote
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
  
46.82%
Liberal
  
43.51%
Labour
  
6.99%
Irish Parliamentary
  
1.19%
Independent
  
0.7%
Others
  
0.79%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
  
40.6%
Liberal
  
40.9%
Labour
  
5.97%
Irish Parliamentary
  
10.6%
All-for-Ireland
  
1.19%
Independent
  
0.75%

See also

External links

  • January 1910 Conservative manifesto
  • January 1910 Labour manifesto
  • January 1910 Liberal manifesto

References

  • F. W. S. Craig, British Electoral Facts: 1832-1987
  • Spartacus: Political Parties and Election Results
  • United Kingdom election results - summary results 1885-1979
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