Previous general elections in the UK

Previous general elections in the UK

The 2015 general election took place on Thursday 7 May. On this page, you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions about previous general elections and links to impartial summaries and analysis of past election results.

The most recent general election was held on Thursday 7 May 2015.

The previous general election was held on Thursday 6 May 2010.

The following notes produced by the House of Commons Library give dates for UK parliamentary general elections.

1974. The first general election was on Thursday 28 February 1974, the second on Thursday 10 October 1974.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has prepared the following papers.

The Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission publishes the official results of elections in the United Kingdom.

Archived House of Commons Information Office factsheets

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Living Heritage

Before 1918 no women were allowed to vote in parliamentary elections. Discover how the right to vote was extended to different sectors of society over the years.

2015 election timetable

The general election took place on Thursday 7 May 2015. Read the timetable for what is expected to happen, from the end of the current Parliament through to polling day and beyond.