Course of History

Number of candidates at elections 1832 to 1979

Number of candidates at elections 1832 to 1979

The total number of candidates standing at general elections in Britain has obviously gone up as the number of constituencies have expanded - the result of an expanding population. The increasing number of parties - away from the traditional Liberal and Conservative parties of the Ninteenth Century - also accounts for the growing number of candidates.

1832: 1,037

1835: 945

1837: 994

1841: 916

1847: 879

1852: 953

1857: 878

1859: 860

1865: 922

1868: 1,039

1874: 1,080

1880: 1,103

1885: 1,338

1886: 1,115

1892: 1,303

1895: 1,180

1900: 1,102

1906: 1,273

1910: 1,315

1910*: 1,191

1918: 1,623

1922: 1,441

1923: 1,446

1924: 1,428

1929: 1,730

1931: 1,292

1935: 1,348

1945: 1,683

1950: 1,868

1951: 1,376

1955: 1,409

1959: 1,536

1964: 1,757

1966: 1,707

1970: 1,837

1974: 2,135

1974**: 2,252

1979: 2,576

* = December

** = October