The map above shows the results of the 1955 UK General Election. The number of seats won out of 630 by the major parties (and % vote share) were as follows:
Conservatives: 345. Leader and Prime Minister: Anthony Eden.
Labour: 277. Leader: Clement Atlee.
Liberal: 6. Leader: Clement Davies.
Notable things about the 1955 election include:
- This was the first election during the reign of Elizabeth II.
- Atlee had been Labour leader for twenty years at this point.
- Sinn Fein won its first seats in a British election since the partition of Ireland and Irish independence.
- This was arguably the first election where television really mattered, as television was popularised by the Queen’s coronation.
- This was the last time the Tories won the most seats in the Scotland, and the last time it was the largest unionist party in Scotland until 2017.
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