Majority seats by government in the United Kingdom (UK) 1918-2017

Between 1918 and 2017 the largest majority held by a government following elections in the United Kingdom was 492, held by the national government formed in the wake of the Great Depression in 1931. The largest majority held by a single party was the Conservative led government of 1924, which had a majority of 210 seats in parliament. Tony Blair's Labour government of 1997 stands as the largest majority enjoyed by the Labour party at 178, this is also the largest majority any government has experienced since the Second World War. The last four governments in this time period have all had majority seats below 100 in number, with the government formed after the 2017 unable to secure a majority

Number of majority seats held by the government following general elections in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1918 to 2017

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

1918 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Figures denote "no majority"

The political parties forming the respective governments were: 1918 (Coalition);
1922 (Conservative);
1923 (Labour);
1924 (Conservative);
1929 (Labour);
1931 (National);
1935 (National);
1945 (Labour);
1950 (Labour);
1951 (Conservative);
1955 (Conservative);
1959 (Conservative);
1964 (Labour);
1966 (Labour),
1970 (Conservative);
1974 (Labour);
1974 (Labour);
1979 (Conservative);
1983 (Conservative);
1987 (Conservative);
1992 (Conservative);
1997 (Labour);
2001 (Labour);
2005 (Labour);
2010 (Coalition);
2015 (Conservative);

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