All 630 seats in the House of Commons
316 seats needed for a majority
Colours show the winning party—as shown in § Results
Composition of the House of Commons after the election
Most people thought that the Labour Party would win the election and it was a surprise that the Conservatives won. Opinion polls had showed Labour ahead, but were wrong. This was the first election where people aged over 18 could vote, instead of 21.
References[change | change source]
- Richard Rose (1970). "Voting Trends Surveyed". The Times Guide to the House of Commons 1970. London: Times Newspapers Limited. p. 31.
- George Clark (1970). "The General Election Campaign, 1970". The Times Guide to the House of Commons 1970. London: Times Newspapers Limited. p. 26.
- "Representation of the People Act 1969". Hansard. Archived from the original on 2020-12-07. Retrieved 2020-12-09.