1997 United Kingdom general election in Wales


These are the results of the 1997 United Kingdom general election in Wales. The election was held on 1 May 1997 and all 40 seats in Wales were contested. The Labour Party won a landslide majority of Welsh MPs, gaining seven seats for a total of 34 out of 40. The Conservatives lost all of their Welsh MPs, leaving them without representation in Wales for the first time since universal suffrage was introduced. The Liberal Democrats gained 1 seat, whilst Plaid Cymru retained their 4 MPs.

United Kingdom general election, 1997 (Wales)

 1992 1 May 1997 2001 

All 40 Welsh seats to the House of Commons
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Tony Blair Dafydd Wigley Paddy Ashdown
Party Labour Plaid Cymru Liberal Democrats
Leader since 21 July 1994 1991 16 July 1988
Last election 27 seats, 49.5% 4 seats, 8.9% 1 seat, 12.4%
Seats before 27 4 1
Seats won 34 4 2
Seat change 7* 1*
Popular vote 885,935 161,030 200,020
Percentage 54.7% 10.0% 12.4%
Swing 5.2% 1.1% 0.1%

Notional 1992 results if held on the 1997 boundaries

*Indicates boundary change - so this is a notional figure.

Results


Below is a table summarising the results of the 1997 general election in Wales.[1]

Party[2] Seats Votes
TotalGainsLosses Net +/- % seats Total votes % votes Change
Labour 34 7 0 7 85.0 885,935 54.7 5.2
Conservative 0 0 8 8 317,127 19.6 9.0
Liberal Democrats 2 1 0 1 5.0 200,020 12.4 0.1
Plaid Cymru 4 0 0 10.0 161,030 10.0 1.1
Referendum 0 0 0 38,245 2.4 N/A
Socialist Labour 0 0 0 6,203 0.4 N/A
Independent Labour 0 0 0 4,633 0.3 N/A
Independent 0 0 0 2,258 0.2 N/A
Green 0 0 0 1,718 0.1 0.3
Other parties 0 0 0 3,087 0.2 N/A

References


  1. "General election results 1 May 1997". 9 May 1997. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. "General election results 1 May 1997". 9 May 1997. Retrieved 25 July 2018.