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The United Kingdom general election of 1979 was held on 3 May 1979 and is regarded as a pivotal point in 20th century British politics. In it, the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher defeated James Callaghan's incumbent Labour government.

Results[]

The overall swing of 5.2% was the largest since 1945 and gave the Conservatives a workable majority of 43 for the country's first female Prime Minister.

Conservatives Results[]

The Conservative Party won 339 seats in the election. They gained 63 seats while losing 1.


Conservative Gains at the 1979 Election[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Aberdeenshire East: Conservative (558)
  • Aldridge-Brownhills: Conservative (5,668)
  • Anglesey: Conservative (2,817)
  • Angus South: Conservative (963)
  • Argyll: Conservative (1,646)
  • Banff: Conservative (799)
  • Basildon: Conservative (5,180)
  • Bebington and Ellesmere Port: Conservative (486)
  • Belper: Conservative (882)
  • Birmingham Northfield: Conservative (204)
  • Birmingham Selly Oak: Conservative (4,775)
  • Birmingham Yardley: Conservative (1,164)
  • Brecon and Radnor: Conservative (3,027)
  • Brigg and Scunthorpe: Conservative (486)
  • Brighouse and Spenborough: Conservative (1,734)
  • Bristol North West: Conservative (4,677)
  • Chorley: Conservative (2,579)
  • Cornwall North: Conservative (3,747), J.E. Randall
  • Coventry South West: Conservative (5,654)
  • Dartford: Conservative (1,392)
  • Devon North: Conservative (8,473)
  • Dudley West: Conservative (1,139)
  • Ealing North: Conservative (1,480)
  • Enfield North: Conservative (3,483)
  • Fulham: Conservative (1,499)
  • Galloway: Conservative (2,922), Robert Noble-Gordon
  • Gloucestershire West: Conservative (4,174)
  • Gravesend Conservative (9,346), Martin Blackwood
  • Hemel Hempstead: Conservative (4,989)
  • Hertford and Stevenage: Conservative (1,296)
  • Hornchurch: Conservative (769)
  • Huddersfield West: Conservative (1,508)
  • Ilford South: Conservative (1,688)
  • Kingswood: Conservative (303)
  • Lichfield and Tamworth: Conservative (8,448)
  • Lincoln: Conservative (602)
  • Liverpool Garston: Conservative (2,787)
  • Loughborough: Conservative (5,199)
  • Luton East: Conservative (847)
  • Luton West: Conservative (246)
  • Meriden: Conservative (4,127)
  • Montgomery: Conservative (1,593)
  • Moray and Nairn: Conservative (420)
  • Nelson and Colne: Conservative (436)
  • Newark: Conservative (1,751)
  • Northampton North: Conservative (4,663)
  • Oxford: Conservative (1,497)
  • Paddington: Conservative (106)
  • Perth and East Perthshire: Conservative (3,103)
  • Peterborough: Conservative (5,102)
  • Portsmouth North: Conservative (2,311)
  • Preston North: Conservative (29)
  • Putney: Conservative (2,630)
  • Rochester and Chatham: Conservative (2,688)
  • Rossendale: Conservative (1,873)
  • Rugby: Conservative (2,729)
  • Southampton Test: Conservative (2,123)
  • Sowerby: Conservative (1,180)
  • Watford: Conservative (3,290)
  • Welwyn and Hatfield: Conservative (3,474)
  • The Wrekin: Conservative (965)

Conservative Holds at the 1979 Election A–C[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Aberdeen South: Conservative (772)
  • Aberdeenshire West: Conservative (2,766)
  • Abingdon: Conservative (22,291)
  • Acton: Conservative (5,798)
  • Aldershot: Conservative (23,576)
  • Altrincham and Sale: Conservative (15,230)
  • Angus North and Mearns: Conservative (10,915)
  • Arundel: Conservative (30,760), David Keenan Berk
  • Ashford: Conservative (13,638), Aldric Tinker
  • Aylesbury: Conservative (19,862)
  • Ayr: Conservative (2,768)
  • Ayrshire North and Bute: Conservative (4,313)
  • Banbury: Conservative (14,514)
  • Barkston Ash: Conservative (18,711)
  • Barry: Conservative (8,792)
  • Basingstoke: Conservative (21,746)
  • Bath: Conservative (9,112)
  • Beaconsfield: Conservative (21,495)
  • Beckenham: Conservative (13,751), Paul Holmes
  • Bedford: Conservative (12,413)
  • Bedfordshire Mid: Conservative (20,584), Michael Attwell
  • Bedfordshire South: Conservative (16,483), Ben Walker
  • Beeston: Conservative (10,196)
  • Bexleyheath: Conservative (8,546)
  • Birmingham Edgbaston: Conservative (9,587)
  • Birmingham Hall Green: Conservative 9,564
  • Blaby: Conservative (20,640)
  • Blackpool North: Conservative (10,229), Jack Patterson
  • Blackpool South: Conservative (8,848)
  • Bodmin: Conservative (10,029)
  • Bosworth: Conservative (8,435)
  • Bournemouth East: Conservative (18,255)
  • Bournemouth West: Conservative (16,626)
  • Braintree: Conservative (12,518), Ian Frost
  • Brentford and Isleworth: Conservative (4,994)
  • Brent North: Conservative (10,983)
  • Brentwood and Ongar: Conservative (16,931)
  • Bridgwater: Conservative (14,450)
  • Bridlington: Conservative (15,295)
  • Brighton Kemptown: Conservative (8,008)
  • Brighton Pavilion: Conservative (10,119), Rachel Moore
  • Bristol West: Conservative (12,567)
  • Bromsgrove and Redditch: Conservative (15,885)
  • Buckingham: Conservative (13,967)
  • Burton: Conservative (9,801)
  • Bury St. Edmunds: Conservative (20,259)
  • Cambridge: Conservative (4,896), Jory Hutchison
  • Cambridgeshire: Conservative (23,289)
  • Canterbury: Conservative (22,637), Dick von Sternberg
  • Cardiff North: Conservative (4,048), Arthur Jernigan
  • Cardiff North West: Conservative (6,262)
  • Carlton: Conservative (12,773)
  • Carshalton: Conservative (10,371)
  • Cheadle: Conservative (17,139)
  • Chelmsford: Conservative (5,471)
  • Chelsea: Conservative (15,690), William Corleone
  • Cheltenham: Conservative (10,538)
  • Chertsey and Walton: Conservative (12,024)
  • Chesham and Amersham: Conservative (20,596)
  • Chester: Conservative (9,314)
  • Chichester: Conservative (23,776), Milly Calvert
  • Chingford: Conservative (12,383)
  • Chippenham: Conservative (4,697)
  • Chipping Barnet: Conservative (14,007)
  • Chislehurst: Conservative (9,765)
  • Christchurch and Lymington: Conservative (22,163), Vincent Garton
  • Cirencester and Tewkesbury: Conservative (19,594)
  • Cities of London and Westminster: Conservative (9,784), Christie Dupont
  • Cleveland and Whitby: Conservative (6,917)
  • Clitheroe: Conservative (11,579)
  • Colchester: Conservative (13,863)
  • Conway: Conservative (6,073)
  • Crosby: Conservative (19,272)
  • Croydon Central: Conservative (7,958)
  • Croydon North East: Conservative (6,776)
  • Croydon North West: Conservative (3,769)
  • Croydon South: Conservative (20,868)

Conservative Holds at the 1979 Election D–H[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Darwen: Conservative (13,026)
  • Daventry: Conservative (21,483)
  • Denbigh: Conservative (8,850)
  • Derbyshire South East: Conservative (7,387)
  • Derbyshire West: Conservative (10,217)
  • Devizes: Conservative (16,088)
  • Devon West: Conservative (17,172)
  • Dorking: Conservative (19,763)
  • Dorset North: Conservative (23,296)
  • Dorset South: Conservative (15,239)
  • Dorset West: Conservative (16,605)
  • Dover and Deal: Conservative (7,942)
  • Dumfries: Conservative (9,004)
  • Eastbourne: Conservative (26,084)
  • East Grinstead: Conservative (17,177)
  • Eastleigh: Conservative (20,294)
  • Edinburgh North: Conservative (4,397)
  • Edinburgh Pentlands: Conservative (1,198)
  • Edinburgh South: Conservative (2,460)
  • Edinburgh West: Conservative (7,351)
  • Epping Forest: Conservative (15,453)
  • Epsom and Ewell: Conservative (26,358), Roland Knightly
  • Esher: Conservative (16,841)
  • Essex South East: Conservative (24,532)
  • Exeter: Conservative (8,027)
  • Eye: Conservative (15,021)
  • Falmouth and Camborne: Conservative (16,600)
  • Fareham: Conservative (17,045)
  • Farnham: Conservative (16,469)
  • Faversham: Conservative (12,162)
  • Fife East: Conservative (9,355)
  • Finchley: Conservative (7,878)
  • Flint West: Conservative (9,686)
  • Folkestone and Hythe: Conservative (16,020)
  • Fylde North: Conservative (21,990)
  • Fylde South: Conservative (32,247), Marcus Holt
  • Gainsborough: Conservative (7,155)
  • Gillingham: Conservative (10,499)
  • Glasgow Hillhead: Conservative (2,002)
  • Gloucester: Conservative (6,416)
  • Gloucestershire South: Conservative (15,162)
  • Gosport: Conservative (14,093)
  • Grantham: Conservative (18,150)
  • Guildford: Conservative (19,906)
  • Halesowen and Stourbridge: Conservative (8,965)
  • Haltemprice: Conservative (19,888), Dexter Waugh
  • Hampstead: Conservative (3,681), Danny Gold
  • Harborough: Conservative (21,978)
  • Harrogate: Conservative (18,530)
  • Harrow Central: Conservative (4,503)
  • Harrow East: Conservative (7,878)
  • Harrow West: Conservative (15,213), Patrick Kerslake
  • Harwich: Conservative (20,687)
  • Hastings: Conservative (8,919), Oliver Fox
  • Havant and Waterloo: Conservative (20,340)
  • Hazel Grove: Conservative (15,272)
  • Hendon North: Conservative (6,392)
  • Hendon South: Conservative (8,750)
  • Henley: Conservative (18,289)
  • Hereford: Conservative (4,970)
  • Hertfordshire East: Conservative (21,460)
  • Hertfordshire South: Conservative (11,798)
  • Hertfordshire South West: Conservative (6,772)
  • Hexham: Conservative (8,548)
  • High Peak: Conservative (4,755)
  • Hitchin: Conservative (13,229)
  • Holland with Boston: Conservative (17,532)
  • Honiton: Conservative (25,231)
  • Horncastle: Conservative (10,529)
  • Hornsey: Conservative (4,037), John Good
  • Horsham and Crawley: Conservative (15,021)
  • Hove: Conservative (19,449)
  • Howden: Conservative (14,544)
  • Huntingdonshire: Conservative (21,563)

Conservative Holds at the 1979 Election I–R[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Ilford North: Conservative (7,195)
  • Kensington: Conservative (5,463)
  • Kidderminster: Conservative (15,652)
  • Kingston upon Thames: Conservative (13,544)
  • Kinross and West Perthshire: Conservative (6,478)
  • Knutsford: Conservative (17,803)
  • Lancaster: Conservative (4,226), Aloysius Thorpe
  • Leeds North East: Conservative (5,384)
  • Leeds North West: Conservative (6,214)
  • Leek: Conservative (10,571)
  • Leominster: Conservative (4,865)
  • Lewes: Conservative (21,713), Alan Major
  • Liverpool Wavertree: Conservative (6,932)
  • Louth: Conservative (6,675)
  • Lowestoft: Conservative (7,821)
  • Ludlow: Conservative (8,382)
  • Macclesfield: Conservative (23,337)
  • Maidstone: Conservative (21,051)
  • Maldon: Conservative (16,737)
  • Manchester Withington: Conservative (3,352)
  • Melton: Conservative (24,360)
  • Monmouth: Conservative (9,762)
  • Morecambe and Lonsdale: Conservative (15,815)
  • Nantwich: Conservative (7,705)
  • Newbury: Conservative (10,289)
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne North: Conservative (1,711)
  • New Forest: Conservative (25,450)
  • Norfolk North: Conservative (21,826)
  • Norfolk South: Conservative (19,037)
  • Norfolk South West: Conservative (10,704)
  • Northampton South: Conservative (3,634)
  • Northwich: Conservative (8,746)
  • Orpington: Conservative (16,076)
  • Oswestry: Conservative (13,401)
  • Oxfordshire Mid: Conservative (15,461)
  • Pembroke: Conservative (7,468)
  • Penrith and the Border: Conservative (17,096)
  • Petersfield: Conservative (22,375)
  • Plymouth Drake: Conservative (4,244)
  • Plymouth Sutton: Conservative (11,287)
  • Poole: Conservative (23,555)
  • Portsmouth South: Conservative (11,529)
  • Pudsey: Conservative (8,739)
  • Ravensbourne: Conservative (15,390)
  • Reading North: Conservative (7,423)
  • Reading South: Conservative (15,645)
  • Reigate: Conservative (21,313)
  • Renfrewshire East: Conservative (13,238)
  • Richmond (Surrey): Conservative (2,530)
  • Richmond (Yorks): Conservative (18,994), Kyle Baccei
  • Ripon: Conservative (16,203)
  • Romford: Conservative (8,812), William Blair
  • Ross and Cromarty: Conservative (4,735)
  • Ruislip-Northwood: Conservative (17,207)
  • Runcorn: Conservative (10,681)
  • Rushcliffe: Conservative (22,484)
  • Rutland and Stamford: Conservative (14,815)
  • Rye: Conservative (23,078)

Conservative Holds at the 1979 Election S–Z[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Saffron Walden: Conservative (15,363)
  • St. Albans: Conservative (17,244)
  • St. Ives: Conservative (13,716), Rufus Prewett
  • St. Marylebone: Conservative (8,313)
  • Salisbury: Conservative (6,244)
  • Scarborough: Conservative (12,325)
  • Sevenoaks: Conservative (22,114)
  • Sheffield Hallam: Conservative (14,934), Edward Morrison
  • Shipley: Conservative (8,360)
  • Shoreham: Conservative (21,585)
  • Shrewsbury: Conservative (10,184)
  • Sidcup: Conservative (13,456)
  • Skipton: Conservative (5,693)
  • Solihull: Conservative (32,207), Serena Marsden
  • Somerset North: Conservative (21,051)
  • Southend East: Conservative (430)
  • Southend West: Conservative (16,864)
  • Southgate: Conservative (20,079)
  • Southport: Conservative (6,527), Dilan Winters
  • Spelthorne: Conservative (16,153)
  • Stafford and Stone: Conservative (13,177)
  • Staffordshire South West: Conservative (17,433)
  • Stratford-on-Avon: Conservative (22,554), Isabelle Wright
  • Streatham: Conservative (5,500)
  • Stretford: Conservative (4,506)
  • Stroud: Conservative (15,497)
  • Sudbury and Woodbridge: Conservative (20,572)
  • Surbiton: Conservative (10,802)
  • Surrey East: Conservative (19,400)
  • Surrey North West: Conservative (25,456), Matthew Roberson
  • Sussex Mid: Conservative (20,843)
  • Sutton and Cheam: Conservative (15,706)
  • Sutton Coldfield: Conservative (26,107), Robert George Grosvenor
  • Taunton: Conservative (12,724)
  • Thanet East: Conservative (10,239)
  • Thanet West: Conservative (9,546)
  • Thirsk and Malton: Conservative (20,596)
  • Tiverton: Conservative (16,229)
  • Tonbridge and Malling: Conservative (16,252)
  • Torbay: Conservative (20,868)
  • Totnes: Conservative (10,565)
  • Tunbridge Wells: Conservative (20,536)
  • Twickenham: Conservative (12,848)
  • Tynemouth: Conservative (7,564)
  • Upminster: Conservative (9,065)
  • Uxbridge: Conservative (7,995)
  • Wallasey: Conservative (5,381)
  • Wanstead and Woodford: Conservative (17,750)
  • Warwick and Leamington: Conservative (16,558), Giles Moore
  • Wellingborough: Conservative (12,534)
  • Wells: Conservative (12,196)
  • Westbury: Conservative (13,979)
  • Westmorland: Conservative (12,407)
  • Weston-Super-Mare: Conservative (24,313)
  • Wimbledon: Conservative (13,315), Noah Gray
  • Winchester: Conservative (22,820)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead: Conservative (25,130)
  • Wirral: Conservative (23,331)
  • Woking: Conservative (18,392)
  • Wokingham: Conservative (18,746)
  • Wolverhampton South West: Conservative (10,760)
  • Woolwich West: Conservative (2,609)
  • Worcester: Conservative (11,589)
  • Worcestershire South: Conservative (20,654)
  • Worthing: Conservative (20,380)
  • Wycombe: Conservative (20,171)
  • Yarmouth: Conservative (7,228)
  • Yeovil: Conservative (11,382)

Labour Results[]

The Labour Party lost 50 seats.

Labour Co-Op Holds at the 1979 Election[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Brent South: Labour (11,616)
  • Bristol North East: Labour (5,652)
  • Dunfermline: Labour (7,313)
  • Edmonton: Labour (1,980)
  • Farnworth: Labour (8,107)
  • Glasgow Maryhill: Labour (17,496)
  • Harlow: Labour (1,392)
  • Huddersfield East: Labour (3,095)
  • Lambeth Central: Labour (5,976)
  • Manchester Wythenshawe: Labour (12,113), Chesney Lewis
  • Warrington: Labour (10,274)
  • Wolverhampton South East: Labour (7,901)

Labour Gains at the 1979 Election[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Ashfield: Labour (7,797)
  • Ayrshire South: Labour (1,521)
  • Birmingham Stechford: Labour (1,649)
  • Carmarthen: Labour (1,978)
  • Dunbartonshire East: Labour (2,324)
  • Glasgow Cathcart: Labour (1,600)
  • Newham North East: Labour (10,040)
  • Paisley: Labour (13,755)
  • Stirlingshire East and Clackmannan: Labour (984)
  • Walsall North: Labour (5,866)
  • Workington: Labour (5,756)

Other Party Results[]

The other parties had no major gains or losses and mainly stayed the same.

Liberal Seats after the 1979 Election[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Berwick-upon-Tweed: Liberal (5,688)
  • Cardigan: Liberal (2,194)
  • Colne Valley: Liberal (2,352)
  • Inverness: Liberal (4,157)
  • Isle of Ely: Liberal (3,330), Monty Carlyle
  • Isle of Wight: Liberal (352)
  • Liverpool Edge Hill: Liberal (4,248), James Kennedy
  • Orkney and Shetland: Liberal (6,810), Samuel Banff
  • Rochdale: Liberal (5,294)
  • Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles: Liberal (10,690)
  • Truro: Liberal (8,708), Adam Croft

Other Parties (Non Playable)[]

Constituency: Party (Majority), MP (Where Applicable)

  • Antrim South: Official Unionist (38,868)
  • Armagh: Official Unionist (8,123)
  • Belfast South: Official Unionist (17,130)
  • Down South: Official Unionist (8,221)
  • Londonderry: Official Unionist (12,407)
  • Caernarvon: Plaid Cymru (8,724)
  • Merioneth: Plaid Cymru (3,910)
  • Belfast West: SDLP (8,235)
  • Dundee East: SNP (2,519)
  • Western Isles: SNP (3,063)
  • Cardiff West: Speaker (23,763)
  • Down North: Ulster Unionist (23,625)
  • Ulster Mid: United Ulster Unionist (9,983)
  • Belfast East: Democratic Unionist (64)
  • Belfast North: Democratic Unionist (995)
  • Antrim North: Democratic Unionist (18,543)
  • Fermanagh and South Tyrone: Ind. (4,987)