The number of Liberal Party MP’s dropped drastically from 1900 to 1979 while there was invariably a corresponding rise in Labour MP’s.

 

1900: 183 MP’s elected

 

1906: 399 MP’s elected

 

1910 January: 274 MP’s elected

 

1910 December: 272 MP’s elected

 

1918: Coalition Liberals = 127 MP’s

Liberal Party = 36 MP’s

 

1922: Liberal Party = 62 MP’s

National Liberals = 53 MP’s

 

1923: 158 MP’s

 

1924: 40 MP’s

 

1929: 59 MP’s

 

1931: National Liberals = 35 MP’s

Independent Liberals = 4 MP’s

 

1935: National Liberals = 33 MP’s

Liberal Party = 21 MP’s

 

1945: 12 MP’s

 

1950: 9 MP’s

 

1951: 6 MP’s

 

1955: 6 MP’s

 

1959: 6 MP’s

 

1964: 9 MP’s

 

1966: 12 MP’s

 

1970: 6 MP’s

 

1974 January: 14 MP’s

 

1974 October: 13 MP’s

 

1979: 11 MP’s

 

 

Note:

 

For 1918, 5 MP’s in the 36 total for non-coalition Liberal MP’s joined the coalition government. Of the remaining 31 MP’s, a number were known to support the coalition but remained “Free Liberals”. In January 1919, ‘The Times’ stated that there were only 14 Liberal MP’s who consistently voted against the coalition government.

 

For 1935, two Liberal Party MP’s out of the 21 supported the National Government and one of the two, R H Barneys (Bristol, North) accepted the National Government’s whip in 1936.

 

For 1945, the government of Atlee had the support of 11 National Liberal MP’s (737,732 votes) who are not included in the totals here.