United Kingdom general election, 1841

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United Kingdom general election, 1841
United Kingdom
1837 ←
29 June–22 July 1841
Members elected
→ 1847

All 658 seats in the House of Commons
330 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Robert Peel.jpg 2nd V Melbourne.jpg Daniel O'Connell.png
Leader Sir Robert Peel The Viscount Melbourne Daniel O'Connell
Party Conservative Whig Irish Repeal
Leader since 19 December 1834 16 July 1834 15 April 1840
Leader's seat Tamworth Baron Melbourne County Cork
Last election 314 seats, 48.3% 344 seats, 51.7% N/A
Seats won 367 271 20
Seat change Increase 53 Decrease 73 N/A
Popular vote 306,314 273,902 12,537
Percentage 50.9% 46.9% 1.9%
Swing Increase 2.6% Decrease 4.8% N/A

PM before election

Lord Melbourne
Whig

Subsequent PM

Sir Robert Peel
Conservative

1835 election MPs
1837 election MPs
1841 election MPs
1847 election MPs
1852 election MPs

In the 1841 United Kingdom general election, there was a big swing as Sir Robert Peel's Conservatives took control of the House of Commons. The Whigs lost votes to the Irish Repeal group. The Chartists picked up only a few votes despite their popular support, because voting was still restricted to a small percentage of the population.

Results[edit]

United Kingdom General Election 1841
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Conservative 498 367 + 53 50.9 306,314 + 2.6
  Whig 388 271 - 73 46.9 273,902 - 4.8
  Irish Repeal 22 20 20 0 + 20 2.1 12,537 N/A
  Chartist 8 0 0 0 0 0.1 692 N/A

Total votes: 593,445[1]

Voting summary[edit]

Popular vote
Conservative
  
50.9%
Whig
  
46.9%
Irish Repeal
  
2.1%
Chartist
  
0.1%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Conservative
  
55.78%
Whig
  
41.19%
Irish Repeal
  
3.04%

Whig MPs who lost their seats[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Electoral Facts 1832-2006, Compiled and edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, (Parliamentary Research Services,2007)
  • F. W. S. Craig, British Electoral Facts: 1832-1987
  • British Electoral Facts 1832-1999, compiled and edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher (Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2000)

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