2001 United Kingdom general election

election of members to the House of Commons in 2001

The United Kingdom general election, 2001 was held on Thursday 7 June 2001 to elect 659 members to the British House of Commons.

2001 United Kingdom general election

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All 659 seats to the House of Commons
330 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Turnout59.4% (Decrease11.9%)
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Tony Blair William Hague Charles Kennedy
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Sedgefield Richmond (Yorks) Ross, Skye & Inverness West
Last election 418 seats, 43.2% 165 seats, 30.7% 46 seats, 16.8%
Seats won 413 166 52
Seat change Decrease5 Increase1 Increase6
Popular vote 10,724,953 8,357,615 4,814,321
Percentage 40.7% 31.7% 18.3%
Swing Decrease2.5% Increase1.0% Increase1.5%

Colours show the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.

Composition of the House of Commons after the election

Prime Minister before election

Tony Blair

Prime Minister after election

Tony Blair



It was called "the quiet landslide" by the media,[1] as the Labour Party was re-elected with another landslide result and only suffered a net loss of 5 seats, with lower turnout of 59.4%, compared to 71.3% in the previous election. Tony Blair went on to become the first Labour Prime Minister to serve a second full term in as Prime Minister.

Results chart

413 166 52 28
Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat Other


  1. "The rise and fall of New Labour". BBC News. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2021-07-13.