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|United Kingdom general election, 1929|
|All 616 seats to the House of Commons|
|30 May 1929|
|First party||Second party||Third party|
|Leader||Ramsay MacDonald||Stanley Baldwin||David Lloyd George|
|Leader since||21 November 1922||23 May 1923||14 October 1926|
|Leader's seat||Seaham||Bewdley||Caernarvon Boroughs|
|Last election||151 seats, 33.3%||412 seats, 46.8%||40 seats, 17.8%|
The 1929 UK general election was held on 30 May 1929, and resulted in a hung parliament. It was the first of only three elections under universal suffrage in which a party lost the popular vote but gained a plurality of seats (the others being 1951 and February 1974). In 1929 that party was Ramsay MacDonald's Labour, which won the most seats in the Commons for the first time ever but failed to get a majority. The Liberals led by David Lloyd George regained some of the ground they had lost in the 1924 election, and held the balance of power.
The election was fought against a background of rising unemployment with the memory of the 1926 General Strike still fresh in voters minds. The Liberals campaigned on a comprehensive programme of public works under the title "We Can Conquer Unemployment" The Conservatives campaigned on the theme of "Safety First".
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|UK General Election 1929|
|Party||Standing||Elected||Gained||Unseated||Net||% of total||%||No.||Net %|
|Nationalist (NI)||4||3||0||0||+ 2||0.1||24,177||+0.1|
|Independent Labour||4||1||1||0||+ 1||0.1||20,825||+0.1|
Total votes cast: 21,685,779. All parties shown. Conservatives include Ulster Unionists.