Share of votes in UK elections 1918-2019

Since 1918 there have been 28 General Elections in the United Kingdom, with the Conservative party winning the highest share of the vote in 19 elections, and the Labour party in nine. The Conservatives recorded their highest share of the vote in 1931 at 60.8 percent, the Labour Party in 1951 at 48.8 percent, and the then Liberal Party in 1923 at 29.6 percent.

Share of votes in general elections in the United Kingdom from 1918 to 2019, by political party

ConservativeLabourLiberal DemocratsOther
201943.6%32.2%11.5%12.7%
201742.3%40%7.4%10.4%
201536.8%30.4%7.9%24.9%
201036.1%29%23%11.9%
200532.4%35.2%22%10.4%
200131.6%40.7%18.3%9.5%
199730.7%43.2%16.8%9.3%
199241.9%34.4%17.8%5.8%
198742.2%30.8%22.6%4.4%
198342.4%27.6%25.4%4.6%
197943.9%36.9%13.8%5.4%
October 197435.7%39.3%18.3%6.7%
February 197437.8%37.2%19.3%5.8%
197046.4%43%7.5%3.2%
196641.9%47.9%8.5%1.7%
196443.3%44.1%11.2%1.4%
195949.4%43.8%5.9%1%
195549.6%46.4%2.7%1.3%
195148%48.8%2.6%0.7%
195043.3%46.1%9.1%1.5%
194539.7%47.7%9%3.6%
193553.5%37.9%6.6%2.1%
193160.8%30.7%6.8%1.7%
192938.2%37%23.4%1.4%
192447.2%33%17.6%2.2%
192337.9%30.5%29.6%2%
192238.2%29.4%28.8%3.6%
191838.4%20.8%25.8%14.9%
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Release date

December 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

1918 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Between 1918 and 1981 the Liberal Democrats were known as the Liberal Party, and between 1981 and 1988 were the SDP/Liberal Alliance. The latest election results in 2019 were taken from the BBC.

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