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1865 · members United Kingdom members · 1874
United Kingdom general election, 1868
All 652 seats to the House of Commons
17 November–7 December 1868
First party Second party
Gladstone.jpg Disraeli.jpg
Leader William Ewart Gladstone Benjamin Disraeli
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since 3 December 1868 27 February 1868
Leader's seat Greenwich Buckinghamshire
Last election 369 seats, 59.5% 289 seats, 40.5%
Seats won 387 271
Seat change +18 -18
Popular vote 1,428,776 903,318
Percentage 61.5% 38.4%
1865 election
1868 election
1874 election

The 1868 UK general election was the first after passage of the Reform Act 1867, which enfranchised many male householders, thus greatly increasing the number of men who could vote in elections in the United Kingdom. It was the first election held in the United Kingdom in which more than a million votes were cast; nearly triple the number of votes were cast compared to the previous election.

The result saw the Liberals, led by William Ewart Gladstone, again increase their large majority over Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives to more than 100 seats.

Results

UK General Election 1868
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Liberal 600 387 + 18 61.5 1,428,776 + 2.0
  Conservative 436 271 - 18 38.4 903,318 - 2.1
  Others 3 0 0 0 0 0.1 1,157 N/A

Total votes cast: 2,333,251

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