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Labour Votes[edit]

In the summary table, Labour is listed as having 9,344,328 votes. However, BBC News and The Guardian list Labour as having 9,347,304 and 9,347,324, respectively. I was wondering where the Labour total came from and why it isn't sourced with the table. — Preceding unsigned comment added by UpperJeans (talkcontribs) 13:05, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

The spreadsheet available on the election commission claims 9,347,273 for Labour and Labour Co-Op. This matches the results on their webpage http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/find-information-by-subject/elections-and-referendums/past-elections-and-referendums/uk-general-elections/2015-uk-general-election-results. They have different numbers for Conservative (including Speaker) and Lib Dem. Paul Weaver (talk) 10:34, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

Record-breaking Cameron performance[edit]

Apologies if the heading is rather startling.

"..David Cameron became the first Prime Minister to continue in office immediately after a full term with a larger popular vote share since 1900 and the only Prime Minister other than Margaret Thatcher to continue in office immediately after a full term with a greater number of seats (and the first to do both since 1895)."

There seem to me to be two difficulties here, of different sizes:

a) "Full term" here is, surely, a disputable phrase. In the years 1895 and 1900 the Septennial Act 1716 was in force, whereby the maximum term length of a British Parliament was seven years. Can it really be said that in 1895 (after a Parliament of three years) or in 1900 (after a Parliament of a little over five years) any government had served a "full term"?

b) In any case, I fail to see the reason for referring to 1895 in the text, given that the record is stated to be on the basis of a government being able "to continue in office" after an election. 1895 saw a change of government, so surely no comparison can hold.

Apologies also if this was discussed on the talk page at any previous time, but I scanned through the post-2015 pages and didn't see any mention of this paragraph. Harfarhs (talk) 20:06, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

I've revised the sentence, removing the reference to 1895 and substituting for "full term" the phrase "term of at least four years". Admittedly, four years doesn't mean much in the context of the Septennial Act referred to above. However, between the Parliament Act 1911 and the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 it was generally supposed that a parliamentary term was of four years but could without action be extended to a maximum of five - hence the frequent occurrence of four-year intervals between British general elections in the twentieth century. Harfarhs (talk) 22:49, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

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