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1924 · members United Kingdom members · 1931
United Kingdom general election, 1929
All 616 seats to the House of Commons
30 May 1929
First party Second party Third party
Ramsay MacDonald ggbain.29588.jpg Stanley Baldwin ggbain.35233.jpg David Lloyd George.jpg
Leader Ramsay MacDonald Stanley Baldwin David Lloyd George
Party Labour Conservative Liberal
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%
Seats won 287 260 59
Seat change +136 -152 +19
Popular vote 8,048,968 8,252,527 5,104,638
Percentage 37.1% 38.1% 23.6%
Swing  %  %  %

Subsequent PM
Ramsay MacDonald
Labour

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 often referred to as the "Flapper Election" in that it was the first election in which women under the age of 30 were allowed to vote, under the provisions of the Fifth Reform Act.

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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Results

1923 election MPs
1924 election MPs
1929 election MPs
1931 election MPs
1935 election MPs
UK General Election 1929
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Conservative 590 260 - 152 42.227 38.1 8,252,527 -8.7
  Labour 569 287 + 136 46.666 37.1 8,048,968 +3.8
  Liberal 513 59 + 19 9.593 23.6 5,104,638 +5.8
  Independent 11 4 3 1 + 2 0.650 0.4 94,742 +0.2
  Communist 25 0 0 1 - 1 0.2 47,554 -0.1
  Independent Conservative 8 0 0 0 0.2 46,278
  Scottish Prohibition 1 1 0 0 0 0.1 25,037 +0.1
  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
  Independent Liberal 2 0 0 0 0 0.1 17,110 +0.1
  National (Scotland) 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 3,313 N/A
  Plaid Cymru 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 609 N/A

Total votes cast: 21,685,779. All parties shown. Conservatives include Ulster Unionists.

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Votes summary

Popular vote
Conservative
  
38.06%
Labour
  
37.12%
Liberal
  
23.54%
Independent
  
0.83%
Others
  
0.46%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Labour
  
46.67%
Conservative
  
42.28%
Liberal
  
9.59%
Independent
  
0.81%
Others
  
0.16%

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