United Kingdom general election, 1857

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United Kingdom general election, 1857
United Kingdom
← 1852 27 March–24 April 1857 1859 →

All 654 seats in the House of Commons
328 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Palmerston.jpg 14th Earl of Derby (cropped).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 324 seats, 57.9% 330 seats, 41.9%
Seats won 377 264[n 1]
Seat change Increase53 Decrease66
Popular vote 464,127 239,712
Percentage 65.9% 34.0%
Swing Increase7.0% Decrease7.9%

Prime Minister before election

Lord Palmerston
Whig

Subsequent Prime Minister

Lord Palmerston
Whig

In the 1857 United Kingdom general election, the Whigs, led by Lord Palmerston, finally won a majority in the House of Commons as the Conservative vote fell significantly. The election had been provoked by a vote of censure in Palmerston's government over his approach to the Arrow affair which led to the Second Opium War.

Results[edit]

United Kingdom General Election 1857
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % Net %
  Whig 507 377 +53 64.9 464,127 +7.0
  Conservative 351 264 -66 33.5 239,712 -7.1
  Chartist 1 0 0 0 0 0.1 614 - 0.1

Total votes cast: 716,552. "Others" are mostly Irish Independent Opposition. The Conservative total votes cast and MPs includes around 26 Peelites - some reference works claim it was as few as 18.

Summary[edit]

Popular vote
Whig
64.77%
Conservative
33.45%
Others
1.69%
Chartist
0.09%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Whig
57.65%
Conservative
40.37%
Others
1.99%

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ (Including Peelites)