United Kingdom general election, 1929


United Kingdom general election, 1929

Infobox Election
election_name = United Kingdom general election, 1929
country = United Kingdom
type = parliamentary
ongoing = no
previous_election = United Kingdom general election, 1924
previous_year = 1924
previous_mps = MPs elected in the United Kingdom general election, 1924
next_election = United Kingdom general election, 1931
next_year = 1931
next_mps = MPs elected in the United Kingdom general election, 1931
seats_for_election = All 616 seats to the House of Commons
election_date = 30 May 1929


leader1 = Ramsay MacDonald
leader_since1 = 21 November 1922
party1 = Labour Party (UK)
leaders_seat1 = Seaham
last_election1 = 151 seats, 33.3%
seats1 = 287
seat_change1 = +136
popular_vote1 = 8,048,968
percentage1 = 37.1%
swing1 = %


leader2 = Stanley Baldwin
leader_since2 = 23 May 1923
party2 = Conservative Party (UK)
leaders_seat2 = Bewdley
last_election2 = 412 seats, 46.8%
seats2 = 260
seat_change2 = -152
popular_vote2 = 8,252,527
percentage2 = 38.1%
swing2 = %


leader3 = David Lloyd George
leader_since3 = 14 October 1926
party3 = Liberal Party (UK)
leaders_seat3 = Caernarvon Boroughs
last_election3 = 40 seats, 17.8%
seats3 = 59
seat_change3 = +19
popular_vote3 = 5,104,638
percentage3 = 23.6%
swing3 = %
title = PM
before_election = Stanley Baldwin
before_party = Conservative Party (UK)
after_election = Ramsay MacDonald
after_party = Labour Party (UK)

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.

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".

Results

Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidates = 590
seats = 260
gain =
loss =
net = - 152
votes = 8,252,527
votes % = 38.1
seats % = 42.227
plus/minus = -8.7
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidates = 569
seats = 287
gain =
loss =
net = + 136
votes = 8,048,968
votes % = 37.1
seats % = 46.666
plus/minus = +3.8
government = yes
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidates = 513
seats = 59
gain =
loss =
net = + 19
votes = 5,104,638
votes % = 23.6
seats % = 9.593
plus/minus = +5.8
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent (politician)
candidates = 11
seats = 4
gain = 3
loss = 1
net = + 2
votes = 94,742
votes % = 0.4
seats % = 0.650
plus/minus = +0.2
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Communist Party of Great Britain
candidates = 25
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 1
net = - 1
votes = 47,554
votes % = 0.2
seats % =
plus/minus = -0.1
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent Conservative
candidates = 8
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net =
votes = 46,278
votes % = 0.2
seats % =
plus/minus =
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Scottish Prohibition Party
candidates = 1
seats = 1
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 25,037
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus = +0.1
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Nationalist Party (Northern Ireland)
candidates = 4
seats = 3
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = + 2
votes = 24,177
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus = +0.1
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent Labour
candidates = 4
seats = 1
gain = 1
loss = 0
net = + 1
votes = 20,825
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus = +0.1
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Independent Liberal
candidates = 2
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 17,110
votes % = 0.1
seats % =
plus/minus = +0.1
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = National Party of Scotland
candidates = 2
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 3,313
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus = "N/A"
Election Summary Party with Candidates
party = Plaid Cymru
candidates = 1
seats = 0
gain = 0
loss = 0
net = 0
votes = 609
votes % = 0.0
seats % =
plus/minus = "N/A"

"Total votes cast: 21,685,779. All parties shown. Conservatives include 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, 1929

External links

* [http://www.conservativemanifesto.com/1929/1929-conservative-manifesto.shtml 1929 Conservative manifesto]
* [http://www.labour-party.org.uk/manifestos/1929/1929-labour-manifesto.shtml 1929 Labour manifesto]
* [http://www.libdemmanifesto.com/1929/1929-liberal-manifesto.shtml 1929 Liberal manifesto]


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