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2015 General Election Results Summary

AS, A-Level
AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB

Last updated 22 Mar 2021

This summary of the 2015 General Election results is taken from the UK Parliamentary Research Bulletin

The Conservatives won an overall majority of 11 seats in the House of Commons, not including the Speaker.

The Conservatives won 330 seats, Labour won 232, and the SNP won 56.

The Conservatives polled 11.3 million votes, 36.8% of the vote. This compares with 36.1% in the 2010 General Election.

Labour polled 9.3 million votes, 30.4% of the vote. This compares with 29.0% in the 2010 General Election.

Compared with the results of the 2010 election:

  • The Conservatives gained 35 seats and lost 11 (a net change of +24).
  • Labour gained 22 seats and lost 48 (a net change of -26).
  • The Liberal Democrats lost 49 seats.
  • The Scottish National Party gained 50 seats.

The SNP won 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats and 50.0% of the vote in Scotland, the Party’s highest ever share of Scottish seats and votes at a General Election.

24.9% of the vote went to parties other than the Conservatives, Labour or Liberal Democrats – a record high.

UKIP won 12.4% of the vote, compared to 3.1% in 2010. Douglas Carswell (Clacton) became the Party’s first MP to be elected at a general election. The Green Party won 3.8% of the UK vote, compared to 1.0% in 2010.

Plaid Cymru won 12.1% of the vote across Wales compared to 11.3% in 2010 and retained three MPs.

In Northern Ireland, the DUP have eight MPs, Sinn Féin four, the SDLP three and the UUP two. The independent MP Sylvia Hermon retained her seat.

Following the May 2015 General Election 29% of MPs are women, compared to 23% in 2010 191 women, the highest ever number, were elected.

Turnout across the UK was 66.2%, a slight rise compared to 65.1% in 2010.

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