What were the results of the 1997 parliamentary elections?

The polls after the 2024 general election predict a landslide victory for the Labour Party – which bears strong similarities to the 1997 general election.

The 1997 elections were a great triumph for the Labour Party, which won 418 seats while the Conservatives won only 165 seats.

According to the 2024 election by-election poll, released after polls closed on July 4, Labour is expected to win 410 seats to the Tories’ 131, giving Labour a 170-seat majority.

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If the poll results are correct, Labour would achieve a majority similar to that of Blair. It would be the worst result for the Conservatives in their almost 200-year history.

The exit poll predicts that Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party will now have 410 seats, eight fewer than in 1997. The Conservatives lost 165 seats in that election, but the exit poll now predicts a reduction in their total to 131.

In the 1997 elections, the then ruling Conservative Party with its leader John Major was defeated by the Labour Party under Tony Blair, which fought with a dramatic majority of 179 seats.

In this election, about 10 percent of voters switched their vote from the Conservatives to the Labour Party compared to the last election in 1992.

This was Labour’s first general election victory in nearly 23 years, having previously won a three-seat majority in October 1974. The 1997 election campaign was one of the longest in British history, with opinion polls during the campaign showing strong support for Labour due to Blair’s popularity at the time.