1922 United Kingdom general election

The 1922 United Kingdom general election was held on Wednesday 15 November 1922. It was won by the Conservatives led by Bonar Law, who gained an overall majority over Labour, led by J. R. Clynes, and a divided Liberal Party.

1922 United Kingdom general election

 1918 15 November 1922 1923 

All 615 seats in the House of Commons
308 seats needed for a majority
Turnout73.0%, 15.8%
  First party Second party
 
Leader Bonar Law J. R. Clynes
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 23 October 1922 14 February 1921
Leader's seat Glasgow Central Manchester Platting
Last election 379 seats, 38.4%[lower-alpha 1] 57 seats, 21.5%
Seats won 344 142
Seat change 35 85
Popular vote 5,294,465 4,076,665
Percentage 38.5% 29.7%
Swing 0.1% 8.9%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader H. H. Asquith David Lloyd George
Party Liberal National Liberal
Leader since 30 April 1908 7 December 1916
Leader's seat Paisley Caernarvon Boroughs
Last election 36 seats, 13.3% 127 seats, 12.6%[lower-alpha 2]
Seats won 62 53
Seat change 26 74
Popular vote 2,601,486 1,355,366
Percentage 18.9% 9.9%
Swing 5.9% 2.7%

Colours denote the winning party—as shown in § Results

Prime Minister before election

Bonar Law
Conservative

Prime Minister after election

Bonar Law
Conservative

This election is considered a political realignment, with the Conservative Party going on to spend all but eight of the next forty-two years as the largest party in Parliament, Labour emerging as the main competition to the Conservatives, and the Liberal Party falling to third-party status.

Elections were not held in Southern Ireland due to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, under which Southern Ireland seceded from the United Kingdom and became a Dominion, formally recognized as the Irish Free State. This reduced the size Parliament by nearly a 100 seats compared to the previous election.