General Election 2010 - Commons Library Research Paper

Published 02 February 2011 | Research papers RP10/36

Amended 27 July 2011

Authors: Christopher Rhodes, Richard Cracknell, Feargal McGuinness

Topic: Elections, General elections, Election results : UK

No single party won an overall majority at the 2010 General Election, for the first time in the UK since February 1974. The Conservatives won the most seats, 306, a net change of 96 compared with notional 2005 general election results. Labour were down by 90 seats, leaving them with 258, while the Liberal Democrat total of 57 was five fewer than 2005. General Election 2010 provides detailed analysis of the results of the 2010 General Election. The data for votes cast and electorates agree with the official results published by the Electoral Commission. This Research Paper replaces the analysis published on 8 July 2010 which used provisional data.

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