Support for the Labour Party in Scotland could have only been at the expense of theLiberal Party in Scotland. As the working class in Scotland became more politicised, so the Labour Party prospered. Miners and steel workers formed the backbone of support for the Labour Party between 1900and 1979 and Scotland became a heartland of Labour support.

 

1906:  16,897 votes; 2 MP’s elected

 

1910 (Jan): 37,852 votes; 2 MP’s elected

 

1910 (Dec): 24,633 votes; 3 MP’s elected

 

1918: 265,744 votes; 6 MP’s elected *

 

1922: 501,254 votes; 12 MP’s elected

 

1923: 532,450 votes; 34 MP’s elected

 

1924: 697,146 votes; 26 MP’s elected

 

1929: 937,300 votes; 36 MP’s elected

 

1931: 696,248 votes; 7 MP’s elected~

 

1935: 863,789 votes; 20 MP’s elected~

 

1945: 1,144,310 votes; 37 MP’s elected

 

1950: 1,259,410 votes; 37 MP’s elected

 

1951: 1,330,244 votes; 35 MP’s elected

 

1955: 1,188,058 votes; 34 MP’s elected

 

1959: 1,245,255 votes; 38 MP’s elected

 

1964: 1,283,667 votes; 43 MP’s elected

 

1966: 1,273,916 votes; 46 MP’s elected

 

1970: 1,197,068 votes; 44 MP’s elected

 

1974 (Feb): 1,057,601 votes; 40 MP’s elected

 

1974 (Oct): 1,000,581 votes; 41 MP’s elected

 

1979: 1,211,455 votes; 44 MP’s elected

 

* = Excludes ‘Coupon’ Labour (39,715 votes/3 MP’s)

 

~ = Excludes National Labour support

 

Elections 1832 to 1979