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United Kingdom general election, 1970
|February 1974 election|
The United Kingdom general election of 1970 was held on June 18, 1970, and resulted in a surprise loss of power for Labour under Harold Wilson, who was replaced as Prime Minister by the Conservative leader, Edward Heath. The election was also a setback for the Liberal Party under its new leader Jeremy Thorpe, which lost half its seats. The Conservatives, when combined with the Ulster Unionists, held a majority of 31 over all other parties.
Most opinion polls prior to the election had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, and had put Labour 12.4% ahead of the Conservatives. However on the day, a late swing put the Conservatives 3.4% ahead.
|Party||Votes||Seats||Loss/Gain||Share of Vote (%)|
|Protestant Unionist||35,303||1||+ 1||0.1|
|National Democratic (England)||14,276||0||0.1|
|National Democratic (NI)||10,349||0||0.0|
Total votes cast: 28,305,534. All parties with more than 750 votes listed. The Conservative figure includes 8 Ulster Unionists.
For the text of an alternative history where the Tories did not win the 1970 general election, see http://www.btinternet.com/~chief.gnome/
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