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United Kingdom general election, 1880

United Kingdom general election, 1880

31 March–27 April 1880[1]

All 652 seats to the House of Commons
327 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Lord Hartington Lord Beaconsfield William Shaw
Party Liberal Conservative Home Rule
Leader since January 1875 27 February 1868 May 1879
Leader's seat North East Lancashire Earl of Beaconsfield County Cork
Last election 242 seats, 52.0% 350 seats, 44.3% 60 seats, 3.7%
Seats won 352 237 63
Seat change Increase 110 Decrease 113 Increase 3
Popular vote 1,836,423 1,426,351 95,535
Percentage 54.7% 42.5% 2.8%
Swing Increase 2.7% Decrease 1.8% Decrease 0.9%

PM before election

Lord Beaconsfield
Conservative

Subsequent PM

William Ewart Gladstone
Liberal

1868 election MPs
1874 election MPs
1880 election MPs
1885 election MPs
1886 election MPs

The United Kingdom general election of 1880 was a general election in the United Kingdom held from March to April 1880.

At the culmination of the Lord Granville, withdrew in favour of Gladstone, who thus became Prime Minister a second time.

Results

United Kingdom General Election 1880
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Liberal 499 352 + 110 54 54.7 1,836,423 + 2.7
  Conservative 521 237 - 113 36.3 42.5 1,426,351 - 1.8
  Home Rule 81 63 + 3 9.7 2.8 95,535 - 0.9
  Others 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1,107 0.0

Total votes cast: 3,359,416.

Voting summary

Crowds wait outside Leeds Town Hall to hear the result.
Popular vote
Liberal
  
54.66%
Conservative
  
42.46%
Home Rule
  
2.84%
Others
  
0.03%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Liberal
  
53.99%
Conservative
  
36.35%
Home Rule
  
9.66%

Regional Results

Great Britain

Party Seats Seats change Votes % % Change
Liberal 337 Increase105 1,780,171 57.3 Increase1.9
Conservative 214 Decrease105 1,326,744 42.7 Decrease1.9
Others 0 Steady 1,107 0.04 Increase0.04
Total 551 3,108,022 100
England
Party Seats Seats change Votes % % Change
Liberal 254 Increase83 1,519,576 56.2 Increase2.4
Conservative 197 Decrease83 1,205,990 43.7 Decrease2.5
Others 0 Steady 1,107 0.1 Increase0.1
Total 451 2,726,673 100
Scotland
Party Seats Seats change Votes % % Change
Liberal 52 Increase12 195,517 70.1 Increase1.7
Conservative 6 Decrease12 74,145 29.9 Decrease1.7
Total 58 269,662 100
Wales
Party Seats Seats change Votes % % Change
Liberal 29 Increase10 50,403 58.8 Decrease2.1
Conservative 4 Decrease10 41,106 41.2 Increase2.1
Total 33 100,509 100

Ireland

Party Seats Seats change Votes % % Change
Home Rule 63 Increase3 95,535 37.5 Decrease2.1%
Irish Conservative 24 Decrease8 99,607 39.8 Increase1.0%
Liberal 15 Increase5 56,252 22.7 Increase4.3%
Total 101 251,394 100

Universities

Party Seats Seats change Votes % % Change
Conservative 7 5,503 49.2
Liberal 2 5,675 50.8
Total 9 11,178 100

References

  • F. W. S. Craig, British Electoral Facts: 1832-1987
  • British Electoral Facts 1832-1999, compiled and edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher (Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2000)
  • Spartacus: Political Parties and Election Results

Footnotes

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