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United Kingdom general election, 1886

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The 1886 United Kingdom general election took place from 1–27 July 1886. It resulted in a major reversal of the results of the 1885 election as the Conservatives, led by Lord Salisbury in an electoral pact with the breakaway Unionist wing of the Liberals led by Lord Hartington (later the Duke of Devonshire) and Joseph Chamberlain. The new Liberal Unionist party gave the Conservatives their parliamentary majority but did not join them in a formal coalition.

William Ewart Gladstone's Liberals, who supported Irish Home Rule, and their sometimes allies, the Irish Parliamentary Party led by Charles Stewart Parnell, placed a distant second. This ended the period of Liberal dominance – they had held power for 18 of the 27 years since 1859 and won five of the six elections held during that time, but would only be in power for three of the next 19 years.

Results

UK General Election 1886
Candidates Votes
Party Standing Elected Gained Unseated Net  % of total  % No. Net %
  Conservative 402 317 37.1 1,103,779
  Liberal Unionist 161 77 14.0 417,107
  Conservative and Liberal Unionist 563 394 + 147 51.1 1,520,886
  Liberal 449 191 - 128 45.5 1,353,581
  Irish Parliamentary 100 85 1 1 0 3.3 97,905
  Independent Liberal 1 0 0 0 0 0.1 1,247
  Ind. Liberal Unionist 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 544

Vote summary

Popular vote
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
  
51.14%
Liberal
  
45.51%
Irish Parliamentary
  
3.29%
Independent
  
0.06%

Seats summary

Parliamentary seats
Conservative and Liberal Unionist
  
58.66%
Liberal
  
28.66%
Irish Parliamentary
  
12.69%

Regional Results

Great Britain

Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Conservative & Liberal Unionist 528 115 376 11px143 1,422,685 51.2 11px5.6
Liberal 448 40 192 11px127 1,351,671 48.6 11px3.2
Irish Parliamentary Party 2 0 1 11px 3,022 0.1 11px
Other 3 0 0 11px16 1,791 0.1 11px2.4
Total 982 155 569 11px 2,779,169 100
England
Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Conservative & Liberal Unionist 432 105 332 11px119 1,193,289 52.6 11px5.1
Liberal 347 23 123 11px115 1,087,065 47.2 11px4.2
Irish Parliamentary Party 1 0 1 11px 2,911 0.1 11px
Other 3 0 0 11px4 1,791 0.1 11px1.9
Total 783 128 456 11px 2,285,056 100
Scotland
Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Liberal 68 7 43 11px8 193,801 53.6 11px0.3
Conservative & Liberal Unionist 63 2 27 11px19 164,314 46.4 11px12.1
Total 131 9 70 11px 358,115 100
Wales
Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Liberal 32 10 26 11px3 70,289 53.9 11px4.4
Conservative & Liberal Unionist 24 2 8 11px4 60,048 46.1 11px7.3
Total 56 12 34 11px 130,337 100

Ireland

Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Irish Parliamentary Party 97 66 84 11px1 94,883 48.6 11px19.2
Conservative & Liberal Unionist 35 3 17 11px1 98,201 50.4 11px25.6
Liberal 1 0 0 11px 1,910 1.0 11px5.8
Total 133 69 101 194,994 100

Universities

Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Conservative & Liberal Unionist 9 6 9 11px1 5,034 84.7 11px31.0
Liberal 1 0 0 11px1 516 13.8 11px32.5
Irish Parliamentary Party 2 0 0 11px 111 1.5 11px1.5
Total 12 6 9 11px 5,661 100

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