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United Kingdom general election, February 1974

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The UK general election of February 1974 was held on February 28, 1974. It was the first of two United Kingdom general elections held that year, and the only election since the Second World War not to produce an overall majority in the House of Commons for the winning party, instead producing a hung parliament. The incumbent Conservative government of Edward Heath polled the most votes by a tiny margin, but the Tories were overtaken in terms of Commons seats by Harold Wilson's Labour Party due to the decision by Ulster Unionist MPs not to take the Conservative whip. After failed negotiations between Heath and Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe, Heath resigned and Wilson returned for his second spell as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He would call another election in October of the same year.

This election saw Northern Ireland diverging heavily from the rest of the UK, with all twelve MPs elected being from local parties, following the decision of the Ulster Unionists to withdraw support from the Conservative Party in protest over the Sunningdale Agreement.

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
Conservative 11,872,180 297 - 33 37.9
Labour 11,645,616 301 + 13 37.2
Liberal 6,059,519 14 + 8 19.3
SNP 633,180 7 + 6 2.0
Ulster Unionist 232,103 7 - 1 0.8
Plaid Cymru 171,374 2 + 2 0.5
SDLP 160,137 1 + 1 0.5
Pro-Assembly Unionist 94,301 0 0.3
National Front 76,865 0 0.2
VUPP 75,944 3 + 3 0.2
Democratic Unionist 58,656 1 0.2
Independent Liberal 38,437 0 0.2
Communist 32,743 0 0.1
Independent Labour 29,892 1 0.2
Alliance (NI) 22,660 0 0.1
Independent 18,180 0 0.1
Unity 17,593 0 - 2 0.0
Independent Socialist 17,300 0 0.1
Labour (NI) 17,284 0 0.0
Republican Clubs 15,152 0 0.0
Democratic Labour 14,780 1 + 1 0.0
Independent Conservative 11,451 0 0.0
Independent Republican 5,662 0 0.0
People Movement 4,576 0 0.0
WRP 4,191 0 0.0
Social Democrat 2,646 0 0.0
Independent Democratic 1,976 0 0.0

Total votes: 31,321,982. All parties with more than 1,500 votes shown. The seats won by the Ulster Unionists are compared with those won by Unionist MPs in the 1970 election, and the seat won by the Democratic Unionist candidate is compared with the result of the Protestant Unionist in 1970.

See also MPs elected in the UK general election, 1974 (February). Template:British elections

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