1747 British general election

The 1747 British general election returned members to serve in the House of Commons of the 10th Parliament of Great Britain to be summoned, after the merger of the Parliament of England and the Parliament of Scotland in 1707. The election saw Henry Pelham's Whig government increase its majority and the Tories continue their decline. By 1747, thirty years of Whig oligarchy and systematic corruption had weakened party ties substantially; despite the fact that Walpole, the main reason for the split that led to the creation of the Patriot Whig faction, had resigned, there were still almost as many Whigs in opposition to the ministry as there were Tories, and the real struggle for power was between various feuding factions of Whig aristocrats rather than between the old parties. The Tories had effectively become an irrelevant group of country gentlemen who had resigned themselves to permanent opposition.


 1741 26 June – 4 August 1747 (1747-06-26 1747-08-04) 1754 
elected members 

All 558 seats in the House of Commons
280 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Henry Pelham Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn
Party Whig Tory Opposition / Patriot Whigs
Leader's seat Sussex Denbighshire
Seats won 338 117 94
Seat change 52 19 37

Prime Minister before election

Henry Pelham
Whig

Prime Minister after election

Henry Pelham
Whig