Reviews

‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

How did the 2015 election compare with past records?

The number of seats won by each party at elections since 1945:

seats  date   leader

Labour

418   1997    Blair                
413   2001    Blair                
393   1945    Attlee              
364   1966    Wilson            
355   2005    Blair                
319   1974O Wilson            
317   1964    Wilson           
315   1950    Attlee               
301   1974F  Wilson            
295   1951    Attlee              
288   1970    Wilson            
277   1955    Attlee              
271   1992    Kinnock          
269   1979    Callaghan        
258   1959    Gaitskell          
258   2010    Brown 
232   2015    Miliband   
229   1987    Kinnock          
209   1983    Foot                

Conservative

397   1983    Thatcher          
376   1987    Thatcher          
365   1959    Macmillan        
345   1955    Eden               
339   1979    Thatcher          
336   1992    Major 
331   2015    Cameron             
330   1970    Heath              
321   1951    Churchill          
306   2010    Cameron          
304   1964    Home              
298   1950    Churchill          
297   1974F  Heath              
277   1974O Heath               
253   1966    Heath               
210   1945    Churchill          
198   2005    Howard          
166   2001    Hague            
165   1997    Major               

Liberal/Lib Dem/SDP

62    2005    Kennedy          
57    2010    Clegg             
52    2001    Kennedy         
46    1997    Ashdown         
23    1983    Steel*              
22    1987    Steel*              
20    1992    Ashdown         
14    1974F  Thorpe          
13    1974O Thorpe            
12    1966    Grimond         
12    1945    Sinclair            
11    1979    Steel               
9      1950    Davies              
9      1964    Grimond 
8      2015    Clegg         
6      1970    Thorpe             
6      1951    Davies               
6      1955    Davies               
6      1959    Grimond            

* includes SDP

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a better guide to what could happen in 2015 - http://warelane.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/incumbency-is-not-usually-a-positive-at-general-elections/

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