Support for the Liberal Party in England stayed healthy until the Labour Party started to organise itself. The Conservative Party’s support stayed reasonably static in terms of the social class it attracted for support. However, the Liberal Party could not rely on the support of the working class in England after the Labour Party had taken root.

 

1832: 474,523 votes; 347 MP’s elected

 

1835: 281,576 votes; 264 MP’s elected

 

1837: 347,080 votes; 225 MP’s elected

1841: 236,883 votes; 187 MP’s elected

1847: 230,655 votes; 223 MP’s elected

 

1852: 328,874 votes; 216 MP’s elected

 

1857: 355,910 votes; 275 MP’s elected

 

1859: 307,949 votes; 252 MP’s elected

 

1865: 406,613 votes; 252 MP’s elected

 

1868: 1,192,098 votes; 244 MP’s elected

 

1874: 1,035,438 votes; 171 MP’s elected

 

1880: 1,519,376 votes; 254 MP’s elected

1885: 1,809,665 votes; 238 MP’s elected

 

1886: 1,087,065 votes; 123 MP’s elected

 

1892: 1,685,283 votes; 190 MP’s elected

 

1895: 1,369,598 votes; 112 MP’s elected

 

1900: 1,218,525 votes; 121 MP’s elected

 

1906: 2,255,358 votes; 306 MP’s elected

 

1910 (Jan): 2,291,062 votes; 188 MP’s elected

 

1910 (Dec): 1,849,098 votes; 187 MP’s elected

 

1918: 1,172,700 votes; 25 MP’s elected *

 

1922: 2,260,423 votes; 44 MP’s elected**

 

1923: 3,572,335 votes; 123 MP’s elected

 

1924: 2,388,429 votes; 19 MP’s elected

 

1929: 4,340,703 votes; 35 MP’s elected

 

1931: 632,155 votes; 23 MP’s elected***

 

1935: 1,108,971 votes; 11 MP’s elected

 

1945: 1,913,917 votes; 5 MP’s elected

 

1950: 2,248,127 votes; 2 MP’s elected

 

1951: 537,434 votes; 2 MP’s elected

 

1955: 571,034 votes; 2 MP’s elected

 

1959: 1,449,593 votes; 3 MP’s elected

 

1964: 2,775,752 votes; 3 MP’s elected

 

1966: 2,036,793 votes; 6 MP’s elected

 

1970: 1,853,616 votes; 2 MP’s elected

 

1974 (Feb): 5,574,934 votes; 9 MP’s elected

 

1974 (Oct): 4,878,792 votes; 8 MP’s elected

 

1979: 3,878,055 votes; 7 MP’s elected

 

* = Excludes ‘Coupon’ Liberals (962,871/82 MP’s)

 

** = Excludes National Liberals (950,515/31 MP’s)

 

*** = Excludes Independent Liberals (31,989/0 MP’s)

 

Elections 1832 to 1979