Edmund Griffiths  

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Left general election results, 1841–date

This page aims to list the votes cast for socialist, communist, anarchist, and Chartist organizations at British general elections. It does not include independents, official Labour candidates, or candidates standing for other non-leftist parties (even if some of them are known to have been members of far left groups). Subject to that restriction I have aimed for completeness, which may mean I have erred on the side of generosity in defining ‘the left’: the inclusion of a given party does not mean I necessarily endorse its line or would have voted for its candidates. I have also aimed for accuracy, but it is quite likely some mistakes still remain—please let me know by email if you spot any.

2024
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 40
Communist Party of Britain 14
Socialist Labour Party 12
Workers Revolutionary Party 5
Alliance for Green Socialism 2
Communist League 2
Scottish Socialist Party 2
Socialist Equality Party 2
Socialist Party of Great Britain 2
Transform Party 2
Communist Future 1
2019
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Workers Revolutionary Party 5 524 105
Socialist Labour Party 1 494 494
Alliance for Green Socialism 2 207 104
Socialist Equality Party 3 172 57
Socialist Party of Great Britain 2 157 79
Communist League 2 100 50
2017
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Socialist Labour Party 3 1,154 385
Workers Revolutionary Party 5 771 154
Alliance for Green Socialism 3 212 71
Socialist Party of Great Britain 3 145 48
Communist League 2 34 17
2015
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 135 36,490 270
Respect 4 9,989 2,497
Socialist Labour Party 8 3,481 435
Communist Party of Britain 9 1,229 137
Socialist Party of Great Britain 10 899 90
Scottish Socialist Party 4 875 219
Alliance for Green Socialism 4 852 213
Class War 7 526 75
Workers Revolutionary Party 7 488 70
Left Unity 3 455 152
Communist League 2 172 86
Socialist Equality Party 2 166 83
2010
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Respect 11 33,251 3,023
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 35 9,947 284
Socialist Labour Party 23 7,196 313
Socialist Alternative 4 3,298 825
Scottish Socialist Party 10 3,157 316
Alliance for Green Socialism 6 1,581 264
Solidarity 2 1,066 533
Communist Party of Britain 6 947 158
Workers Revolutionary Party 7 738 105
Unity for Peace and Socialism 1 494 494
Cambridge Socialists 1 362 362
Direct Democracy (Communist) Party 1 202 202
Socialist Equality Party 2 170 85
Communist League 2 158 79
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 143 143
Workers Power 1 109 109
Fight for an Anti-War Government 1 91 91
Alliance for Workers’ Liberty 1 75 75
2005
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Respect 26 68,094 2,619 1
Scottish Socialist Party 58 43,514 750
Socialist Labour Party 49 20,167 412
Socialist Alternative 17 9,398 553
Alliance for Green Socialism 5 1,978 396
Workers Revolutionary Party 10 1,241 124
Communist Party of Britain 6 1,124 187
Socialist Unity Network 2 581 291
Democratic Socialist Alliance 2 507 254
Safeguard the NHS 1 400 400
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 240 240
Communist League 2 75 38
2001
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Scottish Socialist Party 72 72,516 1,007
Socialist Alliance 98 57,553 587
Socialist Labour Party 114 57,288 503
Socialist Alternative 2 1,454 727
Communist Party of Britain 6 1,003 167
Leeds Left Alliance 1 770 770
Workers Revolutionary Party 6 607 101
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 357 357
Marxist Party 1 221 221
Communist League 1 77 77
1997
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Socialist Labour Party 65 52,216 808
Socialist Alternative 19 9,906 521
Scottish Socialist Alliance 16 9,704 607
Socialist Party of Great Britain 5 1,359 272
Workers Revolutionary Party 9 1,178 131
Communist Party of Britain 3 639 213
Socialist Equality Party 3 505 168
Communist League 2 272 136
1992
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Scottish Militant Labour 1 6,287 6,287
Revolutionary Communist Party 8 745 93
Communist Party of Great Britain 4 603 151
International Communist Party 4 342 86
Workers Revolutionary Party 2 330 165
Communist League 3 315 105
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 175 175
1987
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 19 6,078 320
Red Front 14 3,177 227
Workers Revolutionary Party 10 1,721 172
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 81 81
1983
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 35 11,606 332
Workers Revolutionary Party 21 3,798 181
Revolutionary Communist Party 4 581 145
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 85 85
1979
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 38 16,858 444
Workers Revolutionary Party 60 12,631 211
Socialist Unity 10 2,834 283
International Leninist Workers Party 2 767 384
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 78 78
October 1974
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 29 17,426 601
Workers Revolutionary Party 10 3,404 340
Communist Party of England (Marxist-Leninist) 8 1,320 165
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 118 118
February 1974
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 44 32,743 744
Workers Revolutionary Party 9 4,191 466
Communist Party of England (Marxist-Leninist) 6 1,419 237
International Marxist Group 3 716 239
1970
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 57 37,970 655
Independent Labour Party 1 847 847
Socialist Party of Great Britain 2 376 188
1966
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 57 62,092 1,089
Independent Labour Party 1 441 441
Socialist Party of Great Britain 2 333 167
1964
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 36 46,442 1,290
Committee to Defeat Revisionism, for Communist Unity 1 899 899
Socialist Party of Great Britain 2 322 161
1959
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 18 30,896 1,716
Fife Socialist League 1 4,886 4,886
Independent Labour Party 2 923 462
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 899 899
1955
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 17 33,144 1,950
Independent Labour Party 2 3,334 1,667
1951
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 10 21,640 2,164
Independent Labour Party 3 4,057 1,352
United Socialist Movement 1 411 411
1950
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 100 91,765 918
Independent Labour Party 4 4,112 1,028
United Socialist Movement 1 485 485
Socialist Party of Great Britain 2 448 224
1945
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Common Wealth 23 110,634 4,810 1
Communist Party of Great Britain 21 102,780 4,894 2
Independent Labour Party 5 46,769 9,354 3
Socialist Party of Great Britain 1 472 472
United Socialist Movement 1 300 300
1935
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Independent Labour Party 17 136,208 8,012 4
Communist Party of Great Britain 2 27,177 13,589 1
1931
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Independent Labour Party 19 239,280 12,594 3
Communist Party of Great Britain 26 74,824 2,878
1929
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 25 50,634 2,025
1924
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 8 55,346 6,918 1
1923
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 4 39,448 9,862
1922
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Communist Party of Great Britain 4 29,603 7,401 1
Anti-Parliamentary Communist Federation 1 470 470
1918
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
National Socialist Party 3 11,013 3,671 1
British Socialist Party 3 8,394 2,798
Socialist Labour Party 3 7,567 2,522
December 1910
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Social-Democratic Party 2 5,711 2,856
January 1910
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Social-Democratic Party 9 13,479 1,498
1906
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Social-Democratic Federation 8 18,446 2,306
1895
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Independent Labour Party 28 44,325 1,583
Social-Democratic Federation 4 3,112 778
1892
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Social-Democratic Federation 2 659 330
1885
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Social-Democratic Federation 3 657 219
1859
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Chartist 3 229 76
1857
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Chartist 2 618 309
1852
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Chartist 4 1,541 385
1847
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Chartist 11 3,618 329 1
1841
Party Candidates Votes Average Elected
Chartist 9 701 78