This briefing paper contains summary information about the results of the 2017 General Election, held on 8th June. It provides election results by party, nation and region, as well as further statistics on turnout and lost deposits.Jump to full report >>
The 2017 General Election resulted in a hung Parliament, with no party having an overall majority. The Conservative Party won the largest number of seats and votes, taking 317 seats and 42.3% of the UK vote, up from 36.8% in 2015. The Labour Party won 262 seats, and 40.0% of the vote, up from 232 seats and 30.4% of the vote in 2015. The Liberal Democrats won 12 seats, a net gain of 4 seats, and 7.4% of the UK vote.
(Click to view a map of seats won and seats changing hands)
The Scottish National Party won 35 seats, down from 56 seats in 2015. Plaid Cymru won 4 seats in Wales, one more than in 2015. In Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) won 10 seats, gaining two; Sinn Féin won 7, gaining 3; and one Independent (Lady Sylvia Hermon) retained her seat.
69 seats changed hands.The Conservatives made 20 gains, but lost 33 seats for a net change of -13. Labour gained 36 seats and lost six, for a net change of +30. The Liberal Democrats lost four seats but gained eight, for a net change of +4. The SNP lost 21 seats and made no gains.
The majority of Conservative gains were in Scotland where the party gained 12 seats. Labour’s gains were evenly distributed across the English regions and the party gained 6 seats in Scotland.
Between them, the Conservatives and Labour won 84.2% of the UK vote. This is a notable increase compared with 2015, when their combined vote share was around 77.2%. The Conservative vote share was highest in the East of England (54.6%), whereas the Labour vote share was highest in the North East (55.4%). UKIP’s share of the vote fell from 12.6% in 2015 to 1.8% in 2017. The Green Party saw its share halved to 1.8%.
Turnout was 68.8%, up from 66.3% in 2015, the highest General Election turnout since 1997. The total registered electorate was 46.8 million, up from 46.4 million in 2015.
The South West had the highest turnout (71.8%), whereas Northern Ireland had the lowest (65.4%). Turnout increased across all regions and nations in the UK, apart from Scotland where it fell by 4.6% points.
The attached csv files provide complete election results by constituency and candidate. These results have been obtained directly from Returning Officers following the election. Please note that this data may differ from inital results available from other organisations. The data may change as it is revised and updated by local authorities during the coming weeks and months. These figures are therefore provisional. Declaration times are recorded as reported by The Financial Times.
The second edition with further analysis of election results, including safe and marginal seats, declaration times, voting patterns and characteristics of elected MPs and candidates will be published in due course. In the meantime, other election articles will appear on our blog, Second Reading
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7979
Authors: Carl Baker; Lukas Audickas; Alex Bate; Richard Cracknell; Vyara Apostolova; Noel Dempsey; Roderick McInnes; Tom Rutherford; Elise Uberoi