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1868 · members United Kingdom members · 1880
United Kingdom general election, 1874
All 652 seats to the House of Commons
31 January–17 February 1874
First party Second party Third party
Disraeli.jpg Gladstone.jpg IsaacButt.gif
Leader Benjamin Disraeli William Ewart Gladstone Isaac Butt
Party Conservative Liberal Home Rule
Leader since 27 February 1868 3 December 1868 November 1873
Leader's seat Buckinghamshire Greenwich Limerick
Last election 271 seats, 38.4% 387 seats, 61.5% N/A
Seats won 350 242 60
Seat change +79 -145 N/A
Popular vote 1,091,708 1,281,159 90,234
Percentage 44.3% 52.0% 3.7%
1865 election MPs
1868 election MPs
1874 election MPs
1880 election MPs
1885 election MPs

In the 1874 United Kingdom general election, the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, won a majority of the votes cast, but Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives won the majority of seats in the House of Commons, largely because they won a number of uncontested seats.

The election also saw Irish Nationalists in the Home Rule League become the first significant third party in Parliament.

This was the first General Election that used a secret ballot following the 1872 Secret Ballot Act. The Irish Nationalist gains could well be attributed to the effects of the secret ballot as tenants faced less of a threat of eviction if they voted against the wishes of their landlords.

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Results

UK General Election 1874
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Liberal 489 242 - 145 52.0 1,281,159 - 9.5
  Conservative 507 350 + 79 44.3 1,091,708 + 5.9
  Home Rule 80 60 60 0 + 60 3.7 90,234 N/A
  Others 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 2,936 0.0

Total votes cast: 2,466,037. "Others" include the Catholic Union.

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Voting summary

Popular vote
Liberal
  
51.95%
Conservative
  
44.27%
Home Rule
  
3.66%
Others
  
0.12%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Liberal
  
37.12%
Conservative
  
53.68%
Home Rule
  
9.2%

References


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