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Previous general elections in the UK

The 2017 general election took place on Thursday 8 June. 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 8 June 2017.

On what dates did previous general elections take place?

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

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?

The Electoral Commission

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

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