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The January 1910 United Kingdom general election was held from 15 January to 10 February 1910. The government called the election in the midst of a
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caused by the rejection of the
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by the Conservative-dominated
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House of Lords
, in order to get a mandate to pass the budget. The general election resulted in a
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, with the
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Conservative Party
led by
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Arthur Balfour
and their
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allies receiving the most votes, but the
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led by
H. H. Asquith Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, (12 September 1852 – 15 February 1928) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. He was the last prime minister to lead a majority Liberal government, and he pl ...
winning the most seats, returning two more MPs than the Conservatives. Asquith formed a government with the support of the
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, led by
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John Redmond
. Another general election was soon held in
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. The
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, led by
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, continued to gather momentum, going from 29 seats to 40.


Results


Voting summary


Seats summary


See also

* List of MPs elected in the January 1910 United Kingdom general election *
Parliamentary franchise in the United Kingdom 1885–1918 The total registered electorate in the United Kingdom grew from 5.7 million in 1885 to over 21 million in 1918. Much of the growth was result of the Representation of the People Act 1918 The Representation of the People Act 1918 was an Act of Pa ...
* January 1910 United Kingdom general election in Ireland


References

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External links


Spartacus: Political Parties and Election Results


Manifestos


January 1910 Conservative manifestoJanuary 1910 Labour manifestoJanuary 1910 Liberal manifesto
{{DEFAULTSORT:1910 01 United Kingdom general election General elections to the Parliament of the United Kingdom
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