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1945 · members United Kingdom members · 1951
United Kingdom general election, 1950
All 625 seats to the House of Commons
23 February 1950
First party Second party Third party
Attlee BW cropped.jpg Churchill portrait NYP 45063.jpg
Leader Clement Attlee Winston Churchill Clement Davies
Party Labour Conservative Liberal
Leader since 25 October 1935 10 May 1940 2 August 1945
Leader's seat Walthamstow (W) Woodford Montgomeryshire
Last election 393 seats, 49.71% 197 seats, 36.2% 12 seats, 9.04%
Seats won 315 282 9
Seat change -78 +85 -3
Popular vote 13,226,176 11,507,061 2,621,487
Percentage 46.1% 40% 9.1%
Swing  %  %  %

Incumbent PM
Clement Attlee
Labour

Subsequent PM
Clement Attlee
Labour

1935 election MPs
1945 election MPs
1950 election MPs
1951 election MPs

The 1950 United Kingdom general election was the first general election ever after a full term of a Labour government. Despite polling over one and a half million votes more than the Conservatives, the election, held on 23 February 1950 resulted in Labour receiving a slim majority of just five seats over all other parties, and the party called another general election in 1951.

Significant changes since the 1945 general election included the abolition of plural voting by the Representation of the People Act 1948, and a major reorganisation of constituencies by the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949. Eleven new English seats were created, six abolished, and there were over 170 major alterations to constituencies across the country.

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Results

UK general election 1950
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Labour 617 315 - 78 50.400 46.1 13,266,176
  Conservative 564 282 + 85 45.120 40.0 11,507,061
  Liberal 475 9 3 6 - 3 1.440 9.1 2,621,487
  National Liberal 55 16 + 5 2.560 3.4 985,343
  Communist 100 0 0 2 - 2 0.3 91,765
  Nationalist (NI) 2 2 0 0 0 0.2 65,211
  Irish Labour 2 0 0 0 0 0.2 52,715
  Independent 15 0 0 0 0 0.2 50,299
  Independent Labour 6 0 0 0 0 0.1 26,395
  Independent Conservative 3 0 0 0 0 0.1 24,732
  Sinn Féin 2 0 0 0 0 0.1 23,362
  Plaid Cymru 7 0 0 0 0 0.1 17,580
  Independent Liberal 2 1 0 1 - 1 0.1 15,066
  SNP 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 9,708
  Anti-Partition 4 0 0 0 0 0.1 5,084
  Ind. Labour Party 4 0 0 3 - 3 0.0 4,112
  Independent Liberal and Conservative 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 1,551
  National Independent 1 0 0 2 -2 0.0 1,380
  Mudiad Gweriniaethol Cymru 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 613
  Social Credit 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 551
  United Socialist 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 485
  Socialist (GB) 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 448

Total votes cast: 28,771,124. All parties shown. Conservative total includes Ulster Unionists.

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Votes summary

Popular vote
Labour
  
46.11%
Conservative
  
43.42%
Liberal
  
9.11%
Others
  
0.94%
Independent
  
0.42%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Labour
  
50.4%
Conservative
  
47.68%
Liberal
  
1.44%
Others
  
0.48%

See also

References

Manifestos


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