United Kingdom general election, 1970

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The United Kingdom general election of 1970 was held on June 18, 1970, and resulted in a surprise loss of power for Labour under Harold Wilson, who was replaced as Prime Minister by the Conservative leader, Edward Heath. The election was also a setback for the Liberal Party under its new leader Jeremy Thorpe, which lost half its seats. The Conservatives, when combined with the Ulster Unionists, held a majority of 31 over all other parties.

Most opinion polls prior to the election had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, and had put Labour 12.4% ahead of the Conservatives. However on the day, a late swing gave the Conservatives a 3.4% lead.

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
Conservative 13,145,123 330 + 77 46.4
Labour 12,208,758 288 - 76 43.1
Liberal 2,117,035 6 - 6 7.5
SNP 306,802 1 + 1 1.1
Plaid Cymru 175,016 0 0.6
Unity 140,930 2 + 2 0.4
Independent 39,264 0 0.1
Communist 37,970 0 0.1
Protestant Unionist 35,303 1 + 1 0.1
Republican Labour 30,649 1 0.1
Independent Labour 24,685 0 0.1
Independent Conservative 24,014 0 0.1
Democratic 15,292 0 0.1
National Democratic (England) 14,276 0 0.1
National Front 11,449 0 0.0
National Democratic (NI) 10,349 0 0.0
Vectis National 1,607 0 0.0
Independent Liberal 1,456 0 0.0
World Government 1,016 0 0.0
Mebyon Kernow 960 0 0.0
Independent Labour 847 0 0.0


Total votes cast: 28,305,534. All parties with more than 750 votes listed. The Conservative figure includes 8 Ulster Unionists.

For the text of an alternative history where the Tories did not win the 1970 general election, see http://www.btinternet.com/~chief.gnome/ Template:British elections

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