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2019 United Kingdom general election

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All 650 seats in the House of Commons
326 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Turnout 67.3% (Decrease 1.5 pp)
  First party Second party
  Boris Johnson Jeremy Corbyn
Leader Boris Johnson Jeremy Corbyn
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 23 July 2019 12 September 2015
Leader's seat Uxbridge and South Ruislip Islington North
Last election 317 seats, 42.4% 262 seats, 40.0%
Seats won 365 202
Seat change Increase 48 Decrease 60
Popular vote 13,966,565 10,269,076
Percentage 43.6% 32.1%
Swing Increase 1.3 pp Decrease 7.9 pp

  Third party Fourth party
  Nicola Sturgeon Jo Swinson
Leader Nicola Sturgeon Jo Swinson
Party SNP Liberal Democrat
Leader since 14 November 2014 22 July 2019
Leader's seat Did not stand East Dunbartonshire
(defeated)
Last election 35 seats, 3.0% 12 seats, 7.4%
Seats won 48 11
Seat change Increase 13 Decrease 1
Popular vote 1,242,380 3,696,423
Percentage 3.9% 11.6%
Swing Increase 0.8 pp Increase 4.2 pp

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A map presenting the results of the election, by party of the MP elected from each constituency.

Prime Minister before election

Boris Johnson
Conservative

Elected Prime Minister

Boris Johnson
Conservative

A general election was held on 12 December 2019 to elect all 650 members to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party won with a large majority and Boris Johnson stayed as Prime Minister. The Labour Party lost 60 seats, giving them their lowest number of seats (202) since 1935.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn quit after the loss saying he "would not lead Labour at the next election". This led to a leadership election in the party where Keir Starmer became the new leader.

Summary

A summarised results of the parties that won seats at the election is as follows:

Party Leader MPs Votes
Of total Of total
Conservative Party Boris Johnson 365 56.2%
365 / 650
13,966,565 43.6%
Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn 202 31.1%
202 / 650
10,269,076 32.2%
Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon 48 7.4%
48 / 650
1,242,380 3.9%
Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson 11 1.7%
11 / 650
3,696,423 11.6%
Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster 8 1.2%
8 / 650
244,128 0.8%
Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald 7 1.1%
7 / 650
181,853 0.6%
Plaid Cymru Adam Price 4 0.6%
4 / 650
153,265 0.5%
Social Democratic and Labour Party Colum Eastwood 2 0.3%
2 / 650
118,737 0.4%
Green Party of England and Wales Jonathan Bartley
Siân Berry
1 0.2%
1 / 650
835,579 2.7%
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland Naomi Long 1 0.2%
1 / 650
134,115 0.4%
Speaker Lindsay Hoyle 1 0.2%
1 / 650
26,831 0.1%

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