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General Election of 18 June 1970

Electoral Map 1970
Party Leaders Edward Heath (Conservative), Harold Wilson (Labour), Jeremy Thorpe (Liberal), William Wolfe (SNP), Ian Paisley (Protestant Unionist), Gerry Fitt (Republican Labour)
Seats Won 330 (Conservative), 288 (Labour), 6 (Liberal), 2 (Unity), 1 (Scottish National), 1 (Protestant Unionist), 1 (Republican Labour), 1 (Independent Labour)
Prime Minister during term Edward Heath
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Number of MPs 630
Total Votes Cast 28,305,534
Notes The 1969 Representation of the People Act reduced the voting age to 18. Considered to be a surprise victory for the Conservatives as most opinion polls had Labour with a majority of up to 12.4%. Last election prior to 1997 in which the Labour party won more than 40% of the vote. Up until 2017 this was the last election in which the third largest party got less than 10% of the vote. Following the breakup of the Conservative-UUP alliance this was also the last election in which a nationwide UK political party won seats in Northern Ireland.

General Election of 28 February 1974

Electoral Map (February) 1974
Party Leaders Harold Wilson (Labour), Edward Heath (Conservative), Jeremy Thorpe (Liberal), William Wolfe (SNP), Harry West (UUP), William Craig (Vanguard), Gwynfor Evans (Plaid Cymru), Gerard Fitt (SDLP), Ian Paisley (DUP), Dick Taverne (Democratic Labour)
Seats Won 301 (Labour), 297 (Conservative), 14 (Liberal), 7 (Scottish National), 7 (Ulster Unionist), 3 (Vanguard), 2 (Plaid Cymru), 1 (Social Democratic and Labour), 1 (Democratic Unionist), 1 (Democratic Labour ), 1 (Independent Labour)
Prime Minister during term Harold Wilson
List of MPs Available here
Number of MPs 635
Total Votes Cast 31,321,982
Notes First election to take place after the UK joined the EEC also the first election since WWII to produce a hung parliament. All 12 Northern Ireland MPs were elected from local parties, the SNP double their voteshare in Scotland and increase their MPs from 1 to 7 and Plaid Cymru gain their first MP. Both Heath and then Wilson would try to obtain the confidence of Parliament. Heath resigned after failing to build a coalition and Wilson ran a minority government until another election had to be called later that year.

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British General Elections - Part I: 1830, 1831 & 1832.

British General Elections - Part II: 1835, 1837 & 1841.

British General Elections - Part III: 1847, 1852 & 1857.

British General Elections - Part IV: 1859, 1865 & 1868.

British General Elections - Part V: 1874, 1880 & 1885.

British General Elections - Part VI: 1886, 1892 & 1895.

British General Elections - Part VII: 1900, 1906 & 1910.

British General Elections - Part VIII: 1910, 1918 & 1922.

British General Elections - Part IX: 1923 & 1924.

British General Elections - Part X: 1929 & 1931.

British General Elections - Part XI: 1935 & 1945.

British General Elections - Part XII: 1950 & 1951.

British General Elections - Part XIII: 1955 & 1959.

British General Elections - Part XIV: 1964 & 1966.

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British General Elections - Part XVI: 1974 & 1979.

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