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United Kingdom general election, 1880
All 652 seats to the House of Commons
31 March–27 April 1880[1]
5 April 1880[1]
First party Second party Third party
Gladstone.jpg Disraeli.jpg
Leader William Ewart Gladstone Lord Beaconsfield William Shaw
Party Liberal Conservative Home Rule
Leader since 3 December 1868 27 February 1868 May 1879
Leader's seat Midlothian Earl of Beaconsfield County Cork
Last election 242 seats, 52.0% 350 seats, 44.3% 60 seats, 3.7%
Seats won 352 237 63
Seat change +110 -113 +3
Popular vote 1,836,423 1,426,351 95,535
Percentage 54.7% 42.5% 2.8%
1868 election MPs
1874 election MPs
1880 election MPs
1885 election MPs
1886 election MPs

The UK general election of 1880 was a general election in the United Kingdom held from March to April 1880.

At the culmination of the Midlothian campaign, the Liberals, led by the fierce oratory of retired former Liberal leader William Ewart Gladstone in attacking the supposedly immoral foreign policy of the Disraeli government, secured one of their largest ever majorities in the election, leaving the Conservatives a distant second. As a result of the campaign, the Liberal leaders, Lord Hartington and Lord Granville, withdrew in favour of Gladstone, who thus became Prime Minister a second time.

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Results

UK General Election 1880
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Liberal 499 352 + 110 54.7 1,836,423 + 2.7
  Conservative 521 237 - 113 42.5 1,426,351 - 1.8
  Home Rule 81 63 + 3 2.8 95,535 - 0.9
  Others 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1,107 0.0

Total votes cast: 3,359,416.

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Voting summary

Crowds wait outside Leeds Town Hall to hear the result.
Popular vote
Liberal
  
54.66%
Conservative
  
42.46%
Home Rule
  
2.84%
Others
  
0.03%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Liberal
  
53.99%
Conservative
  
36.35%
Home Rule
  
9.66%

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ The Bartholomew Archive William Gladstone and the 1880 General Election

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