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United Kingdom general election, 1964

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The United Kingdom general election of 1964 result was a very slim majority for the Labour Party, of four seats, and led to their first government since 1951. The Labour victory was largely due to the increased vote for the Liberals from 5.9% in 1959 to 11.2% which came at the expense of the Conservatives, rather than an increase in the vote for Labour, which was less than its 1959 total.

Harold Wilson became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The majority was unworkable and there had to be another general election in 1966. In particular, the small majority of Wilson's government resulted in its being unable to implement the party's policy of nationalising the steel industry, due to the opposition of two of its back benchers: Woodrow Wyatt and Desmond Donnelly.

Results

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
Labour 12,205,808 317 + 59 44.1
Conservative 12,002,642 304 - 61 43.4
Liberal 3,099,283 9 + 3 11.2
Independent Republican 101,628 0 0.4
Plaid Cymru 69,507 0 0.2
SNP 64,044 0 0.2
Communist 46,442 0 0.2
Independent 18,677 0 0.1
Independent Liberal 16,064 0 0.1
Republican Labour 14,678 0 0.1
Independent Conservative 6,459 0 0.0
BNP 3,410 0 0.0
INDEC 1,534 0 0.0

Total votes cast: 27,657,148. All parties with more than 1,200 votes shown. Conservative total includes Ulster Unionists and National Liberals. Template:British elections

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