Course of History

Liberal candidates 1832 to 1979

Liberal candidates 1832 to 1979

While there were only two major parties in British elections - the Liberal and Conservative parties - the Liberal Party was quite capable of putting up many hundreds of candidates at elections. However, the growth of the Labour Party undermined their support and the party split (1918 -1922) saw the party effectively politically implode and though the Liberal Party continued to put up candidates at elections, their political clout had gone.

1832: 636

1835: 538

1837: 506

1841: 389

1847: 393

1852: 487

1857: 506

1859: 466

1865: 515

1868: 600

1874: 489

1880: 499

1885: 572

1886: 449

1892: 532

1895: 447

1900: 402

1906: 536

1910: 511

1910*: 467

1918: 421

1922: 485

1923: 457

1924:339

1929: 513

1931: 117

1935: 161

1945: 306

1950: 475

1951: 109

1955: 110

1959: 216

1964: 365

1966: 311

1970: 332

1974: 517

1974**: 619

1979: 577

* = December

** = October

1832 to 1868: Liberal was more formally known as Whigs. The title 'Liberal Party' was officially adopted in 1868. However, from 1832 to 1868 many Whigs called themselves 'Liberals' because the term 'Whig' was too associated with the aristocracy