United Kingdom general election, 1841

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United Kingdom general election, 1841
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All 658 seats in the House of Commons
330 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Robert Peel.jpg 2nd V Melbourne.jpg Daniel O'Connell.png
Leader Sir Robert Peel The Viscount Melbourne Daniel O'Connell
Party Conservative Whig Irish Repeal
Leader since 19 December 1834 16 July 1834 15 April 1840
Leader's seat Tamworth Baron Melbourne County Cork
Last election 314 seats, 48.3% 344 seats, 51.7% N/A
Seats won 367 271 20
Seat change Increase 53 Decrease 73 N/A
Popular vote 306,314 273,902 12,537
Percentage 50.9% 46.9% 1.9%
Swing Increase 2.6% Decrease 4.8% N/A

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Colours denote the winning party.

PM before election

Lord Melbourne
Whig

Subsequent PM

Sir Robert Peel
Conservative

1835 election MPs
1837 election MPs
1841 election MPs
1847 election MPs
1852 election MPs

In the 1841 United Kingdom general election, there was a big swing as Sir Robert Peel's Conservatives took control of the House of Commons. The Whigs lost votes to the Irish Repeal group. The Chartists picked up only a few votes despite their popular support, because voting was still restricted to a small percentage of the population. Only 3.17% of the total population voted.

Results

United Kingdom General Election 1841
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Conservative 498 367 + 53 50.9 306,314 + 2.6
  Whig 388 271 - 73 46.9 273,902 - 4.8
  Irish Repeal 22 20 20 0 + 20 2.1 12,537 N/A
  Chartist 8 0 0 0 0 0.1 692 N/A

Total votes: 593,445[1]

Voting summary

Popular vote
Conservative
  
50.9%
Whig
  
46.9%
Irish Repeal
  
2.1%
Chartist
  
0.1%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Conservative
  
55.78%
Whig
  
41.19%
Irish Repeal
  
3.04%

Regional Results

Great Britain

Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Conservative 439 185 326 Increase42 286,650 52.7 Increase4.5
Whig 333 83 229 Decrease42 256,774 47.2 Decrease4.6
Chartist 8 0 0 Steady 692 0.1 New
Total 780 268 555 Steady 544,116 100
England
Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Conservative 374 147 277 272,755 53.1
Whig 277 62 187 236,813 46.8
Chartist 4 0 0 Steady 307 0.1 New
Total 655 209 464 Steady 509,875 100
Scotland
Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Whig 40 13 31 16,356 60.8
Conservative 35 16 22 9,793 38.3
Chartist 3 0 0 Steady 385 0.9 New
Total 78 29 53 Steady 26,534 100
Wales
Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Conservative 24 16 21 4,102 53.2
Whig 16 8 11 3,605 46.8
Chartist 1 0 0 Steady 0 0.0 New
Total 41 24 32 Steady 7,707 100

Ireland

Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Whig 55 30 42 17,128 35.1
Conservative 59 27 41 19,664 40.1
Repeal 22 12 20 12,537 24.8
Total 136 69 103 49,329 100

Universities

Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Conservative 6 6 6 Steady Uncontested Uncontested
Total 6 6 6 Steady Uncontested Uncontested

Whig MPs who lost their seats

References

  1. British Electoral Facts 1832-2006, Compiled and edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, (Parliamentary Research Services,2007)
  • F. W. S. Craig, British Electoral Facts: 1832-1987
  • British Electoral Facts 1832-1999, compiled and edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher (Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2000)

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