United Kingdom general election, 1859

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United Kingdom general election, 1859
United Kingdom
1857 ←
members
28 April–18 May 1859 → 1865

All 654 seats in the House of Commons
328 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Palmerston.jpg 14th Earl of Derby.jpg
Leader The Viscount Palmerston The Earl of Derby
Party Whig Conservative
Leader since 6 February 1855 July 1846
Leader's seat Tiverton Earl of Derby
Last election 377 seats, 65.9% 264 seats, 34.0%
Seats won 356 298
Seat change Decrease 21 Increase 34
Popular vote 372,117 193,232
Percentage 65.7% 34.3%
Swing Decrease 0.2% Increase 0.3%

PM before election

Lord Derby
Conservative

Subsequent PM

Lord Palmerston
Whig

1852 election MPs
1857 election MPs
1859 election MPs
1865 election MPs
1868 election MPs

In the 1859 United Kingdom general election, the Whigs, led by Lord Palmerston, held their majority in the House of Commons over the Earl of Derby's Conservatives. This election is also considered to be the first to be contested by the Liberal Party - a name unofficially adopted to cover the alliance of Whigs, Peelites, Radicals and Irish Brigade who had previously voted against the Derby administration in the House of Commons that had led to the election. It was also the last general election entered by the Chartists, before their organisation was dissolved.

Results[edit]

UK General Election 1859
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Whig 298 356 - 21 54.4 65.7 372,117 - 0.2
  Conservative 394 298 + 34 45.6 34.3 193,232 + 0.3
  Chartist 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 151 - 0.1

Total votes cast: 565,500

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