United Kingdom general election, 1886

United Kingdom general election, 1886

1–27 July 1886 (1886-07-01 1886-07-27)

All 670 seats in the House of Commons
336 seats needed for a majority

  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Marquess of Salisbury William Ewart Gladstone Charles Stewart Parnell
Party Conservative & Lib. Unionist Liberal Irish Parliamentary
Leader since April 1881 April 1880 17 October 1882
Leader's seat House of Lords Midlothian Cork City
Last election 247 seats, 43.4% 319 seats, 47.4% 86 seats, 6.9%
Seats won 393 192 85
Seat change 146 127 1
Popular vote 1,417,627 1,244,683 94,050
Percentage 51.4% 45.1% 3.4%
Swing 8.7% 2.2% 3.4%

Colours denote the winning party

Prime Minister before election

William Ewart Gladstone
Liberal

Appointed Prime Minister

Marquess of Salisbury
Conservative

The 1886 United Kingdom general election took place from 1 July to 27 July 1886. It resulted in a major reversal of the results of the 1885 election as the Conservatives, led by Lord Salisbury in an electoral pact with the breakaway Unionist wing of the Liberals led by Lord Hartington (later the Duke of Devonshire) and Joseph Chamberlain. The new Liberal Unionist party gave the Conservatives their parliamentary majority but did not join them in a formal coalition.

William Ewart Gladstone's Liberals, who supported Irish Home Rule, and their sometimes allies, the Irish Parliamentary Party led by Charles Stewart Parnell, placed a distant second. This ended the period of Liberal dominance—they had held power for 18 of the 27 years since 1859 and won five of the six elections held during that time, but would only be in power for three of the next nineteen years. This was also the first election since the 1841 election that the Conservatives won a plurality or majority of the popular vote.

Results

UK General Election 1886
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % Net %
  Conservative & Lib. Unionist 563 393 161 14 +146 58.66 51.40 1,417,627 +8.7
  Liberal 449 192 24 152 127 28.66 45.13 1,244,683 2.2
  Irish Parliamentary 100 85 1 2 1 12.69 3.41 94,050 3.4
  Independent Liberal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.05 1,247
  Ind. Liberal Unionist 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.02 544

Vote summary

Popular vote
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
51.40%
Liberal
45.13%
Irish Parliamentary
3.41%
Independent Liberal
0.05%
Independent Liberal Unionist
0.02%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
58.66%
Liberal
28.66%
Irish Parliamentary
12.69%

See also

References

Further reading

  • Walker, Brian (2005), "The 1885 and 1886 General Elections in Ireland", History Ireland, 13 (6): 36–40, JSTOR 27725365 
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