• David Butler
  • Anne Sloman


It is impossible to present election statistics in any finally authoritative way. British statutes make no acknowledgement of the existence of political parties, and in most general elections the precise allegiance of at least a few of the candidates is in doubt. This, far more than arithmetic error, explains the discrepancies between the figures provided in various works of reference.


General Election Election Result Share Vote Opinion Poll Plural Vote 
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  • Anne Sloman

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