2015 General Election Results

Doug Cowan, Digital Officer

Posted on the 19th July 2015

Votes for the two largest parties came to just 67.3% combined, with 36.9% of the electorate voting Conservative and 30.4% voting Labour. The number of votes cast for parties other than the Conservatives, Labour or Liberal Democrats on the other hand, rose to its highest ever level (24.8%) – nearly a quarter of the votes cast (up from 11.9% in 2010).

Over ten million people voted for the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Scottish National Party (SNP), the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and other smaller parties – a third of all votes cast. Yet whilst the SNP managed to translate support into electoral success, elsewhere these votes have little weight in a system designed to favour the two largest parties.

Party Vote % Vote Change % Seats Seats Change Seats %
Conservatives 36.9% +0.8% 331 +24 50.9%
Labour 30.4% +1.4% 232 -26 35.7%
UKIP 12.6% +9.5% 1 +1 0.2%
Liberal Democrats 7.9% -15.2% 8 -49 1.2%
SNP 4.7% +3.1% 56 +50 8.6%
Green Party 3.8% +2.8% 1 0.2%
DUP 0.6% 8 1.2%
Plaid Cymru 0.6% 3 0.5%
Sinn Fein 0.6% 4 -1 0.6%
Ulster Unionist Party 0.4% 2 +2 0.3%
SDLP 0.3% 3 0.4%
Others 1.2% n/a n/a n/a n/a
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