1997 General election results summary


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  • Majority – 179
  • PM Tony Blair
  • Held on 1st May 1997

Chart: Seats won at the 1997 general election
Lab — 418
Con — 165
Lib Dem — 46
Others — 30

Table: 1997 general election results summary
Party Seats Gain Loss Net Votes % ±%
  Labour 418 145 0 +145 13,518,167 43.2 +8.8
  Conservative 165 0 178 –178 9,600,943 30.7 –11.2
  Liberal Democrat 46 30 2 +28 5,242,947 16.8 –1
  Ulster Unionist 10 1 0 +1 258,349 0.8 0
  Scottish National 6 3 0 +3 621,550 2.0 +0.1
  Plaid Cymru 4 0 0 0 161,030 0.5 0
  SDLP 3 0 1 –1 190,814 0.6 +0.1
  Sinn Féin 2 2 0 +2 126,921 0.4 0
  Democratic Unionist 2 0 1 –1 107,348 0.3 0
  Speaker 1       23,969 0.1  
  UK Unionist 1 1 0 +1 12,817 0  
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 64,482 0.1 0

Source: House of Commons Research Paper 01/38 (pdf)

BBC coverage of the 1997 general election results



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