United Kingdom general election, January 1910

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United Kingdom general election, January 1910
United Kingdom
1906 ←
members
15 January – 10 February 1910 → Dec 1910
members

All 670 seats in the House of Commons
336 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  H H Asquith 1908.jpg Gws balfour 01.jpg John Redmond 1917.JPG
Leader H. H. Asquith Arthur Balfour John Redmond
Party Liberal Conservative Irish Parliamentary
Leader since 30 April 1908 11 June 1902 6 February 1900
Leader's seat East Fife City of London Waterford City
Last election 399 seats, 48.7% 156 seats, 42.9% 82 seats, 0.6%
Seats won 274 272 71
Seat change Decrease 125 Increase 116 Decrease 11
Popular vote 2,866,157 3,104,407 74,047
Percentage 43.1% 46.7% 1.2%
Swing Decrease 5.4% Increase 3.4% Increase 0.6%

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Arthur Henderson 1905.JPG William O'Brien 1917.jpg
Leader Arthur Henderson William O'Brien
Party Labour All-for-Ireland
Leader since 22 January 1908 15 January 1910
Leader's seat Barnard Castle Cork City
Last election 29 seats, 5.7% N/A
Seats won 40 8
Seat change Increase 11 Increase 8
Popular vote 505,657 23,605
Percentage 7.6% 0.4%
Swing Increase 2.2% Increase 0.4%

PM before election

H. H. Asquith
Liberal

Subsequent PM

H. H. Asquith
Liberal

The United Kingdom general election of January 1910 was held from 15 January to 10 February 1910. The government called the election in the midst of a constitutional crisis caused by the rejection of the People's Budget by the House of Lords, in order to get a mandate to pass the budget.

The election produced a hung parliament, with the Conservative Party led by Arthur Balfour and their Liberal Unionist allies receiving the largest number of votes, but the Liberals led by H. H. Asquith winning the largest number of seats, returning two more MPs than the Conservatives. Asquith formed a government with the support of the Irish Parliamentary Party, led by John Redmond. A second election was soon held in December.

The Labour Party, led by Arthur Henderson, continued to gain strength, going from 29 seats to 40.

1900 election MPs
1906 election MPs
Jan 1910 election MPs
Dec 1910 election MPs
1918 election MPs

Results[edit]

274 272 71 40 13
Liberal Conservative IP Labour O
UK General Election January 1910
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Conservative and Liberal Unionist 594 272 (240 + 32) + 116 40.6 46.8 2,919,236 +3.4
  Liberal 511 274 - 123 40.9 43.5 2,712,511 -5.4
  Labour 78 40 + 11 6.0 7.0 435,770
  Irish Parliamentary 85 71 0 11 - 11 10.6 1.2 74,047 +0.6
  All-for-Ireland 10 8 8 0 + 8 1.2 0.4 23,605
  Independent Nationalist 10 3 3 2 + 2 0.5 0.3 16,533
  Social Democratic Federation 9 0 0 0 0 0.2 13,479 -0.1
  Independent Conservative 4 1 1 1 0 0.1 0.2 11,772
  Free Trader 4 0 0 0 0 0.2 11,553
  Independent Labour 6 0 0 1 - 1 0.2 9,936
  Independent Liberal 3 1 1 0 + 1 0.1 0.1 5,237
  Scottish Prohibition 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 756

All parties shown.

Seat Winners in England and Wales

Voting summary[edit]

Popular vote
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
  
46.82%
Liberal
  
43.51%
Labour
  
6.99%
Irish Parliamentary
  
1.19%
Independent
  
0.7%
Others
  
0.79%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
  
40.6%
Liberal
  
40.9%
Labour
  
5.97%
Irish Parliamentary
  
10.6%
All-for-Ireland
  
1.19%
Independent
  
0.75%

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