Archive : UK General Election

The general election is held on this day, the only election since the Second World War not to produce an overall majority in the House of Commons for the winning party, instead producing a hung parliament.

The incumbent Conservative government of Edward Heath polled the most votes by a small margin, but the Tories were overtaken in terms of Commons seats by Harold Wilson’s Labour Party due to the decision by Ulster Unionist MPs not to take the Conservative whip.

After failed negotiations between Heath and Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe, Heath resigned and Wilson returned for his second spell as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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