Support for the Liberal Party in Scotland 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, in Scotland the Liberal Party could not rely on the support of the working class after the Labour Party had taken root.

 

1832: 44,003 votes; 43 MP’s elected

 

1835: 28,307 votes; 38 MP’s elected

 

1837: 22,046 votes; 33 MP’s elected

1841: 16,356 votes; 31 MP’s elected

1847: 20,092 votes; 33 MP’s elected

 

1852: 21,015 votes; 33 MP’s elected

 

1857: 31,995 votes; 39 MP’s elected

 

1859: 5,174 votes; 40 MP’s elected

 

1865: 43,480 votes; 42 MP’s elected

 

1868: 125,356 votes; 51 MP’s elected

 

1874: 148,346 votes; 40 MP’s elected

 

1880: 195,517 votes; 52 MP’s elected

1885: 238,627 votes; 51 MP’s elected

 

1886: 193,801 votes; 43 MP’s elected

 

1892: 256,944 votes; 51 MP’s elected

 

1895: 236,446 votes; 39 MP’s elected

 

1900: 245,092 votes; 34 MP’s elected

 

1906: 336,400 votes; 58 MP’s elected

 

1910 (Jan): 354,847 votes; 58 MP’s elected

 

1910 (Dec): 306,378 votes; 58 MP’s elected

 

1918: 163,960 votes; 8 MP’s elected *

 

1922: 328,649 votes; 15 MP’s elected**

 

1923: 422,995 votes; 22 MP’s elected

 

1924: 286,540 votes; 8 MP’s elected

 

1929: 407,081 votes; 13 MP’s elected

 

1931: 205,384 votes; 7 MP’s elected (National Liberal 101,430/8 MP’s)

 

1935: 174,235 votes; 3 MP’s elected (National Liberals 149,072 / 7 MP’s)

 

1945: 132,849 votes; 0 MP’s elected

 

1950: 180,270 votes; 2 MP’s elected

 

1951: 76,291 votes; 1 MP elected

 

1955: 47,273 votes; 1 MP elected

 

1959: 108,963 votes; 1 MP elected

 

1964: 200,063 votes; 4 MP’s elected

 

1966: 172,447 votes; 5 MP’s elected

 

1970: 147,667 votes; 3 MP’s elected

 

1974 (Feb): 229,162 votes; 3 MP’s elected

 

1974 (Oct): 228,855 votes; 3 MP’s elected

 

1979: 262,224 votes; 3 MP’s elected

 

* = Excludes ‘Coupon’ Liberals (221,145 votes/25 MP’s)

 

** = Excludes National Liberals (230,961 votes/8 MP’s)

 

Elections 1832 to 1979