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United Kingdom general election, 1857
All 654 seats to the House of Commons
27 March–24 April 1857
First party Second party
Palmerston.jpg 14th Earl of Derby.jpg
Leader The Viscount Palmerston The Earl of Derby
Party Whig Conservative
Leader since 6 February 1855 July 1846
Leader's seat Tiverton Earl of Derby
Last election 324 seats, 57.9% 330 seats, 41.9%
Seats won 377 264
Seat change +53 -66
Popular vote 464,127 239,712
Percentage 65.9% 34.0%

Previous PM
Lord Palmerston
Whig

Subsequent PM
Lord Palmerston
Whig

1852 election
1857 election
1859 election

In the 1857 United Kingdom general election, the Whigs, led by Lord Palmerston, finally won a majority in the House of Commons as the Conservative vote fell significantly.

Contents

Results

UK General Election 1857
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Whig 507 377 + 53 65.9 464,127 + 7.0
  Conservative 351 264 - 66 34.0 239,712 - 7.1
  Others 19 13 13 0 + 13 1.7 12,099 N/A
  Chartist 1 0 0 0 0 0.1 614 - 0.1

Total votes cast: 716,552. "Others" are mostly Irish Independent Opposition. The Conservative total votes cast and MPs includes around 26 Peelites - some reference works claim it was as few as 18.

Summary

Popular vote
Whig
  
64.77%
Conservative
  
33.45%
Others
  
1.69%
Chartist
  
0.09%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Whig
  
57.65%
Conservative
  
40.37%
Others
  
1.99%

References








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