1929 United Kingdom general election in Scotland


The 1929 United Kingdom general election was held on Thursday 30 May 1929 and resulted in a hung parliament. It stands as the fourth of six instances under the secret ballot, and the first of three under universal suffrage, in which a party has lost on the popular vote but won the highest number (known as "a plurality") of seats versus all other parties – others are 1874, January 1910, December 1910, 1951 and February 1974. In 1929, Ramsay MacDonald's Labour Party won the most seats in the House of Commons for the first time. The Liberal Party re-led by ex-Prime Minister David Lloyd George regained some ground lost in the 1924 election and held the balance of power.

1929 United Kingdom general election

 1924 30 May 1929 1931 

All 74 Scottish seats to the House of Commons
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Ramsay MacDonald Stanley Baldwin David Lloyd George
Party Labour Unionist Liberal
Leader since 22 November 1922 23 October 1922 14 October 1926
Seats before 26 seats 36 8
Seats won 26 20 13
Seat change 10 16 5
Popular vote 937,300 792,063 407,081
Percentage 42.3% 35.9% 18.1%
Swing 1.2% 4.8% 1.5%

Results of the 1929 election in Scotland

The Election results in Scotland saw a dramatic swing towards the labour party lead by Scottish leader Ramsay MacDonald (Although at the time he represented a seat in London). These results followed a general swing towards Labour at this election. [1]

Results


Party Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Labour 36 10 937,300 42.3 1.2
Unionist 20 16 792,063 35.9 4.8
Liberal 13 5 407,081 18.1 1.5
Communist 0 - 27,114 1.1 0.4
Scottish Prohibition 1 - 25,037 1.1
National Party of Scotland 0 - 3,313 0.2 New
Other 1 1 51,033 1.3
Total 71 2,242,941 100

Votes summary

Popular vote
Labour
42.3%
Unionist
35.9%
Liberal
18.1%
Communist
1.1%
Scottish Prohibition
1.1%
NPS
0.2%
Other
1.3%
Parliament seats
Labour
50.7%
Unionist
28.1%
Liberal
18.3%
Scottish Prohibition
1.4%
ILP
1.4%

References


  1. William Kenefick (2007). Red Scotland!: The Rise and Fall of the Radical Left, C. 1872–1932. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 202–203. ISBN 978-0-7486-2517-8.