1979 General election results summary


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  • Electorate –41,093,264
  • Turnout – 76%

Chart: Seats won at the 1979 general election
Con — 339
Lab — 268
Liberal — 11
Others — 16

Table: 1979 general election results summary
Party Seats Gain Loss Net Votes % ±%
  Conservative 339 63 1 +62 13,697,923 43.9 +8.1
  Labour 269 4 54 –50 11,532,218 36.9 –2.3
  Liberal 11 1 3 –2 4,313,804 13.8 –4.5
  Ulster Unionist 5 1 2 –1 254,578 0.8 –0.1
  Democratic Unionist 3 2 0 +2 70,795 0.2 –0.1
  Scottish National 2 0 9 –9 504,259 1.6 –1.3
  Plaid Cymru 2 0 1 –1 132,544 0.6 –0.2
  SDLP 1 0 0 0 126,325 0.4 –0.2
  United Ulster Unionist 1 1 0 +1 39,856 0.1 0.0
  Ulster Popular Unionists 1 1 0 +1 36,989 0.1 +0.1
  Independent Republican 1 0 0 0 22,398 0.1 0.0

BBC coverage of the 1979 general election results



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