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1841 · members United Kingdom members · 1852
United Kingdom general election, 1847
All 656 seats to the House of Commons
29 July–26 August 1847
First party Second party Third party
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Leader Lord John Russell Lord Stanley Daniel O'Connell
Party Whig Conservative Irish Repeal
Leader since October 1842 July 1846 15 April 1840
Leader's seat City of London Baron Stanley County Cork
Last election 271 seats, 41.1% 367 seats, 56.9% 20 seats, 1.9%
Seats won 292 325 36
Seat change +21 -42 +16
Popular vote 259,311 205,481 14,128
Percentage 53.8% 42.7% 2.9%

Previous PM
Lord John Russell
Whig

Subsequent PM
Lord John Russell
Whig

The 1847 UK general election saw candidates calling themselves Conservatives win the most seats, in part because they won a number of uncontested seats. However, the split among the Conservatives between the majority of Protectionists, led by Lord Stanley, and the minority of free traders, known also as the Peelites, led by former prime minister Sir Robert Peel, left the Whigs, led by Prime Minister Lord John Russell, in a position to continue in government.

The Irish Repeal group won more seats than in the previous general election, while the Chartists gained the only seat they were ever to hold (Feargus O'Connor).

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Results

UK General Election 1847
Party Seats Gains Losses Net Gain/Loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/-
  Whig 292 + 21 53.8 259,311 + 12.7
  Conservative 325 - 42 42.7 205,481 - 14.2
  Irish Repeal 36 + 16 2.9 14,128 + 1.0
  Chartist 1 1 0 + 1 0.6 2,848 0
  Others 2 2 0 + 2 0.1 661 N/A

Total votes cast: 482,429. "Others" includes Irish Confederate Party.

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Voting summary

Popular vote
Whig
  
53.75%
Conservative
  
42.59%
Repeal Association
  
2.93%
Chartist
  
0.59%
Others
  
0.14%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Whig
  
44.51%
Conservative
  
49.54%
Repeal Association
  
5.49%
Chartist
  
0.15%
Others
  
0.3%

References


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