United Kingdom general election, 1950


United Kingdom general election, 1950

Infobox Election
election_name = United Kingdom general election, 1950
country = United Kingdom
type = parliamentary
ongoing = no
previous_election = United Kingdom general election, 1945
previous_year = 1945
previous_mps = MPs elected in the United Kingdom general election, 1945
next_election = United Kingdom general election, 1951
next_year = 1951
next_mps = MPs elected in the United Kingdom general election, 1951
seats_for_election = All 625 seats to the House of Commons
election_date = 23 February 1950



leader2 = Winston Churchill
leader_since2 = 10 May 1940
party2 = Conservative Party (UK)
leaders_seat2 = Woodford
last_election2 = 197 seats, 36.2%
seats2 = 282
seat_change2 = +85
popular_vote2 = 11,507,061
percentage2 = 40%
swing2 = %



leader1 = Clement Attlee
leader_since1 = 25 October 1935
party1 = Labour Party (UK)
leaders_seat1 = Walthamstow (W)
last_election1 = 393 seats, 49.71%
seats1 = 315
seat_change1 = -78
popular_vote1 = 13,226,176
percentage1 = 46.1%
swing1 = %



leader3 = Clement Davies
leader_since3 = 2 August 1945
party3 = Liberal Party (UK)
leaders_seat3 = Montgomeryshire
last_election3 = 12 seats, 9.04%
seats3 = 9
seat_change3 = -3
popular_vote3 = 2,621,487
percentage3 = 9.1%
swing3 = %
title = PM
before_election = Clement Attlee
before_party = Labour Party (UK)
after_election = Clement Attlee
after_party = Labour Party (UK)
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.

Results

Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidates = 617
seats = 315
gain =
loss =
net = - 78
votes = 13,266,176
votes % = 46.1
seats % = 50.400
plus/minus =
government = yes
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidates = 564
seats = 282
gain =
loss =
net = + 85
votes = 11,507,061
votes % = 40.0
seats % = 45.120
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidates = 475
seats = 9
gain = 3
loss = 6
net = - 3
votes = 2,621,487
votes % = 9.1
seats % = 1.440
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = National Liberal Party (UK)
candidates = 55
seats = 16
gain =
loss =
net = + 5
votes = 985,343
votes % = 3.4
seats % = 2.560
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Communist Party of Great Britain
candidates = 100
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 2
net = - 2
votes = 91,765
votes % = 0.3
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Nationalist Party (Northern Ireland)
candidates = 2
seats = 2
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 65,211
votes % = 0.2
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Irish Labour Party
candidates = 2
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 52,715
votes % = 0.2
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent (politician)
candidates = 15
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 50,299
votes % = 0.2
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent Labour
candidates = 6
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 26,395
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent Conservative
candidates = 3
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 24,732
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Sinn Féin
candidates = 2
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 23,362
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Plaid Cymru
candidates = 7
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 17,580
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent Liberal
candidates = 2
seats = 1
gain = 0
loss = 1
net = - 1
votes = 15,066
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Scottish National Party
candidates = 3
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 9,708
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Anti-Partition of Ireland League
candidates = 4
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 5,084
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent Labour Party
candidates = 4
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 3
net = - 3
votes = 4,112
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary with Candidates
party = Independent Liberal and Conservative
candidates = 1
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 1,551
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary with Candidates
party = National Independent
candidates = 1
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 2
net = -2
votes = 1,380
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary with Candidates
party = Mudiad Gweriniaethol Cymru
candidates = 1
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 613
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary with Candidates
party = Social Credit
candidates = 1
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 551
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary with Candidates
party = United Socialist
candidates = 1
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 485
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Socialist Party of Great Britain
candidates = 2
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 448
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus =

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

Votes summary

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eats summary

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References

*F. W. S. Craig, "British Electoral Facts: 1832-1987"
* [http://www.election.demon.co.uk/geresults.html United Kingdom election results - summary results 1885-1979]

ee also

*MPs elected in the United Kingdom general election, 1950

Manifestos

* [http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/man/con50.htm This is the Road: The Conservative and Unionist Party's Policy] - 1950 Conservative manifesto.
* [http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/man/lab50.htm Let Us Win Through Together: A Declaration of Labour Policy for the Consideration of the Nation] - 1950 Labour Party manifesto.
* [http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/man/lib50.htm No Easy Way: Britain's Problems and the Liberal Answers] - 1950 Liberal Party manifesto.


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