English general election, 1661

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English general election, 1661
Kingdom of England
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  First party Second party
Party Court Opposition
Seats won 379 139
Popular vote

The English general election, 1661 returned a majority of members in accord with Charles II of England. This Parliament was called the Cavalier Parliament, since many of the MPs elected were former Cavaliers or the sons of Cavaliers.

Yet during the course of the Cavalier Parliament, there was considerable movement between Court and opposition, in both directions. 82 Court MPs shifted towards the opposition, while 44 opposition MPs moved towards the Court.

See also[edit]

List of MPs elected to the English Parliament in 1661


  • Henning, Basil, ed. (1983). The House of Commons, 1660–1690. The History of Parliament. Secker & Warburg. 

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