On May 4th, 1979, the results of the previous day’s general election revealed a Conservative majority of 43 seats in the House of Commons.
The results of 1979 general election saw Britain’s first ever female Prime Minister invited to form a government; this was the beginning of Margaret Thatcher’s 11 years in office and the beginning of an 18 year period of Conservative government.
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In the election on the 3rd, the Conservatives won 43.9% of the popular vote, a swing of over 8%, whereas Labour’s share of the vote dropped by 2.3% to 37% of the vote.
The turnout at this general election was exactly 76%. From the mid-1950s, until the beginning of the 21st century, turnout hardly fluctuated, with it remaining between 71% and 79% in all general elections. In 2001, turnout dropped by a shocking 12% (to just 59%!). Since then, turnout has gradually recovered; 66.4% of the electorate turned out to the polls in 2015.
In regards to the upcoming snap election, we implore readers to; firstly, ensure you are on the electoral register by May 22nd; secondly, educate and inform yourself; thirdly, vote on June 8th.
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