October 1974 United Kingdom general election
All 635 seats in the House of Commons
318 seats needed for a majority
Colours show the winning party—as shown in § Results
Composition of the House of Commons after the election
A general election was held on the 10 October 1974 to elect all 635 members of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The Labour Party won the election with a very small majority of 3 seats and Harold Wilson stayed as Prime Minister.
This was the second general election to happen in 1974. The last election in February ended in a hung parliament and no parties wanted to start a coalition government. This meant Labour had to start a minority government. This is why a second election was held, because governments are very hard to run if they do not have a majority.
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