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Previous general elections in the UK

The 2019 general election took place on Thursday 12 December. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about previous general elections and links to impartial summaries and analysis of past election results.


When was the last general election?

The last general election was held on Thursday 12 December 2019.

On what dates did previous general elections take place?

The 2017 General Election - polling day was 8 June 2017

The 2015 General Election - polling day was 7 May 2015

The following notes produced by the House of Commons Library give dates for UK parliamentary general elections in the past.

When was the last time two general elections were held in one year?

1974. The first general election was on Thursday 28 February 1974, the second on Thursday 10 October 1974.

Where can I find the results of previous general elections?

See also:

The Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission publishes the official results of elections in the United Kingdom.

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