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1895 · members United Kingdom members · 1906
United Kingdom general election, 1900
All 670 seats to the House of Commons
25 September–24 October 1900
First party Second party
3rd Marquess of Salisbury.jpg Henry Campbell-Bannerman photo.jpg
Leader Lord Salisbury Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Party Conservative and Liberal Unionist Liberal
Leader since April 1881 December 1898
Leader's seat Marquess of Salisbury Stirling Burghs
Last election 411 seats, 49.0% 177 seats, 45.7%
Seats won 402 183
Seat change -9 +6
Popular vote 1,767,958 1,572,323
Percentage 50.3% 44.7%
Third party Fourth party
Jameskeirhardie.jpg John Redmond.jpg
Leader Keir Hardie John Redmond
Party Labour Irish Parliamentary
Leader since 28 February 1900 6 February 1900
Leader's seat Merthyr Tydfil Waterford City
Last election N/A 82 seats, 4.0%
Seats won 2 77
Seat change N/A -5
Popular vote 62,698 57,576
Percentage 1.8% 1.6%

The United Kingdom general election of 1900 was held from 25 September to 24 October 1900. Also known as the khaki election (the first of several elections to bear this sobriquet), it was held in the midst of the return of soldiers from the Second Boer War. The Conservatives, led by Lord Salisbury with their Liberal Unionist allies , secured a large majority, despite securing only slightly more votes than Henry Campbell-Bannerman's Liberals. This was largely due to the Conservatives winning 163 uncontested seats. The Labour Representation Committee, later to become the Labour Party, participated in a general election for the first time even though they had only been in existence for a few months. As a result, Keir Hardie and Richard Bell were the first and only LRC members of parliament in 1900.

This was the first time Winston Churchill was elected to the House of Commons. He had stood in the same seat, Oldham, in a by-election the previous year, but had lost. It was also the final general election of the Victorian era.

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Results

UK General Election 1900
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Conservative and Liberal Unionist 568 402 − 9 60.1 50.3 1,767,958 +1.3
  Liberal 402 183 − 6 27.4 44.7 1,572,323 -1.0
  Labour 15 2 2 0 + 2 3.0 1.8 62,698 N/A
  Irish Parliamentary 83 77 2 7 − 5 11.5 1.6 57,576 -2.4
  Ind. Nationalist 18 5 5 0 + 5 0.6 0.7 23,706 +0.6
  Independent Conservative 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 13,713
  Independent Liberal 3 1 1 0 + 1 0.1 0.2 6,423 +0.1
  Independent 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 4,800 +0.2
  Scottish Workers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 3,107 N/A
  Ind. Liberal Unionist 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1,855 N/A
  Independent Labour 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 433 +0.0

Total votes cast: 3,514,592. All parties with more than 1,000 votes shown.

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Voting summary

Popular vote
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
  
50.3%
Liberal
  
44.74%
Labour
  
1.78%
Irish Parliamentary
  
1.64%
Independent
  
1.45%
Others
  
0.09%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
  
60%
Liberal
  
27.31%
Labour
  
0.3%
Irish Parliamentary
  
11.49%
Independent Nationalist
  
0.75%
Independent Liberal
  
0.15%

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