United Kingdom general election, 1997

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1997 UK Election Results.png

* Indicates boundary change - so this is a nominal figure ^ Figure does not include the speaker

John Major

Tony Blair

The UK general election, 1997 was held on 1 May 1997, more than five years after the previous election on 9 April 1992. The Labour Party, under the leadership of Tony Blair, won the general election in a landslide victory with 418 seats, the most seats the party has ever held.

The Conservatives, led by John Major, ended up with 165 seats, the fewest seats they have held since the 1906 General Election, and with no MPs for seats in Scotland or Wales. The Conservatives/Tories also had the lowest share of the vote since 1832 and the lowest ever since the creation of the modern Conservative Party in 1834. This marked the beginning of what became the longest continuous spell in opposition for the Conservatives since the 1760s, and indeed the longest such spell in the history of the present day (post-Tamworth Manifesto) Conservative Party, in addition to being the beginning of what became the longest period of time in government ever for the Labour Party.

The election night was broadcast live on the BBC, and presented by David Dimbleby, Peter Snow and Jeremy Paxman. [1]


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