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1951 · members United Kingdom members · 1959
United Kingdom general election, 1955
All 630 seats to the House of Commons
26 May 1955
First party Second party Third party
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Leader Anthony Eden Clement Attlee Clement Davies
Party Conservative Labour Liberal
Leader since 7 April 1955 25 October 1935 2 August 1945
Leader's seat Warwick Walthamstow (W) Montgomeryshire
Last election 321 seats, 44.3% 295 seats, 48.8% 6 seats, 2.5%
Seats won 345 277 6
Seat change +23 -18 0
Popular vote 13,310,891 12,405,254 722,402
Percentage 49.7% 46.4% 2.7%
Swing  %  %  %

Incumbent PM
Anthony Eden
Conservative

Subsequent PM
Anthony Eden
Conservative

1950 election MPs
1951 election MPs
1955 election MPs
1959 election MPs

The 1955 United Kingdom general election was held on 26 May 1955, four years after the previous general election. It resulted in a substantially increased majority of 60 for the Conservative government under Sir Anthony Eden against the Labour Party under Clement Attlee. Boundary changes however make a direct comparison with 1951 impossible.

This was the earliest general election in the United Kingdom of which television coverage survives (the 1950 and 1951 election nights were not recorded). Only three hours of the coverage was kept and this was rebroadcast on BBC Parliament on the fiftieth anniversary of the date.

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Results

UK General Election 1955
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Conservative 624 345 + 23 54.76 49.7 13,310,891 + 1.7
  Labour 620 277 1 19 - 18 43.97 46.4 12,405,254 - 2.4
  Liberal 110 6 0 0 0 0.95 2.7 722,402 + 0.2
  Sinn Féin 12 2 2 0 + 2 0.32 0.6 152,310 + 0.5
  Plaid Cymru 11 0 0 0 0 0.2 45,119 + 0.2
  Independent 8 0 0 0 0 0.2 43,791 + 0.1
  Communist 17 0 0 0 0 0.1 33,144 0.0
  Irish Labour 1 0 0 1 - 1 0.1 16,050 0.0
  Independent Labour 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 15,322 N/A
  SNP 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 12,112 0.0
  Ind. Labour Party 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 3,334 0.0

Total votes cast: 26,759,729. All parties shown. Conservatives include National Liberal Party and Ulster Unionists.

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Votes summary

Popular vote
Conservative and Unionist
  
49.74%
Labour
  
46.36%
Liberal
  
2.7%
Independent
  
0.23%
Others
  
0.97%

Headline Swing: 1.62% to Conservative

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Conservative and Unionist
  
54.76%
Labour
  
43.97%
Liberal
  
0.95%
Sinn Féin
  
0.32%

Selected Declarations

First Declaration: Cheltenham (Con: 24,259, Lab:16,638. Con hold)
Prime Minister's Seat: Warwick and Leamington (Con: 29,979, Lab: 16,513. Con hold)

References

See also

Manifestos


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