2019 United Kingdom general election

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2019 United Kingdom general election

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All 650 seats in the House of Commons
326[n 1] seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Turnout67.3% (Decrease 1.5 pp) [1]
  First party Second party
  Boris Johnson Jeremy Corbyn
Leader Boris Johnson Jeremy Corbyn
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 23 July 2019 12 September 2015
Leader's seat Uxbridge and South Ruislip Islington North
Last election 317 seats, 42.4% 262 seats, 40.0%
Seats won 365 202[n 2]
Seat change Increase 48 Decrease 60
Popular vote 13,966,565 10,269,076
Percentage 43.6% 32.1%
Swing Increase 1.3 pp Decrease 7.9 pp

  Third party Fourth party
  Nicola Sturgeon Jo Swinson
Leader Nicola Sturgeon Jo Swinson
Party SNP Liberal Democrats
Leader since 14 November 2014 22 July 2019
Leader's seat Did not stand[n 3] East Dunbartonshire
(defeated)
Last election 35 seats, 3.0% 12 seats, 7.4%
Seats won 48[n 4] 11
Seat change Increase 13 Decrease 1
Popular vote 1,242,380 3,696,423
Percentage 3.9% 11.6%
Swing Increase 0.8 pp Increase 4.2 pp

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A map presenting the results of the election, by party of the MP elected from each constituency.

Prime Minister before election

Boris Johnson
Conservative

Prime Minister after election

Boris Johnson
Conservative

A general election was held on 12 December 2019 to elect all 650 members to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party won with a landslide majority and Boris Johnson stayed as Prime Minister. The Labour Party lost 60 seats, giving them their lowest number of seats (202) since 1935.[2][3]

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn quit after the loss saying he "would not lead Labour at the next election".[4] This led to a leadership election in the party where Keir Starmer became the new leader.[5]

Summary[change | change source]

A summarised results of the parties that won seats at the election is as follows:

Party Leader MPs Votes
Of total Of total
Conservative Party Boris Johnson 365 56.2%
365 / 650
13,966,565 43.6%
Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn 202 31.1%
202 / 650
10,269,076 32.2%
Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon 48[n 4] 7.4%
48 / 650
1,242,380 3.9%
Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson 11 1.7%
11 / 650
3,696,423 11.6%
Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster 8 1.2%
8 / 650
244,128 0.8%
Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald 7 1.1%
7 / 650
181,853 0.6%
Plaid Cymru Adam Price 4 0.6%
4 / 650
153,265 0.5%
Social Democratic and Labour Party Colum Eastwood 2 0.3%
2 / 650
118,737 0.4%
Green Party of England and Wales Jonathan Bartley
Siân Berry
1 0.2%
1 / 650
835,579 2.7%
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Naomi Long 1 0.2%
1 / 650
134,115 0.4%
Speaker Lindsay Hoyle 1 0.2%
1 / 650
26,831 0.1%


Notes[change | change source]

  1. Given that Sinn Féin MPs do not take their seats and the Speaker and deputies do not vote, the number of MPs needed for a majority is, in practice, slightly lower. Sinn Féin won 7 seats, meaning a practical majority requires at least 320 MPs.
  2. Figure does not include the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who was included in the Labour seat total by some media outlets. By longstanding convention the Speaker severs all ties to their affiliated party upon being elected as Speaker.
  3. Nicola Sturgeon sits as an MSP in the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Southside. Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, is the SNP leader at Westminster.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Includes Neale Hanvey, who was suspended from the party at the time of his election and thus took his seat as an independent.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Results of the 2019 General Election". BBC News. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. "Results". BBC News. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  3. "Share of votes in general elections in the United Kingdom from 1918 to 2017, by political party". Statista. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  4. "Jeremy Corbyn: 'I will not lead Labour at next election'". BBC News. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  5. Lynch, David (4 April 2020). "Labour leadership: Keir Starmer will lead the party after Jeremy Corbyn's exit". Oxford Mail. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 4 April 2020.