United Kingdom general election, 1837

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United Kingdom general election, 1837
United Kingdom
1835 ←
24 July–18 August 1837
Members elected
→ 1841

All 658 seats in the House of Commons
330 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  2nd V Melbourne.jpg Robert Peel.jpg
Leader The Viscount Melbourne Sir Robert Peel
Party Whig Conservative
Leader since 16 July 1834 19 December 1834
Leader's seat Baron Melbourne Tamworth
Last election 385 seats, 55.2% 273 seats, 40.8%
Seats won 344 314
Seat change Decrease 41 Increase 41
Popular vote 418,331 379,694
Percentage 51.7% 48.3%
Swing Decrease 5.5% Increase 5.5%

PM before election

Lord Melbourne
Whig

Subsequent PM

Lord Melbourne
Whig

1832 election MPs
1835 election MPs
1837 election MPs
1841 election MPs
1847 election MPs

The 1837 United Kingdom general election was triggered by the death of King William IV and produced the first parliament of the reign of his successor, Queen Victoria. It saw Robert Peel's Conservatives close further on the position of the Whigs, who won their fourth election of the decade.

The election marked the last time that a parliament was dissolved as a result of the demise of the Crown. Immediate dissolution of parliament following the demise of the Crown was abolished by the Reform Act 1867.

Results[edit]

United Kingdom General Election 1837
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Whig 510 344 - 41 52.3 52.4 418,331 - 4.8
  Conservative 484 314 + 41 47.7 47.6 379,694 + 4.8

Total votes cast: 798,025

Voting summary[edit]

Popular vote
Whig
  
52.42%
Conservative
  
47.58%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Whig
  
52.28%
Conservative
  
47.72%

References[edit]