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The Communist Party and British Politics

The Communist Party and British Politics

The Communist Party put up its first candidate for the House of Commons in 1922 and campaigned in every election after that. Fear of communism in the Soviet Union and the part played by the Labour Party in representing the working class meant that the nationwide support for the Communist Party was always very low.

1922 election: 33,637 votes in the UK; 0.2% of all votes cast; 1 MP elected

1923 election: 39,448 votes in the UK; 0.2% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1924 election: 55,346 votes in the UK; 0.3% of all votes cast; 1 MP elected

1929 election: 50,634 votes in the UK; 0.2% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1931 election: 74,824 votes in the UK; 0.3% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1935 election: 27,117 votes in the UK; 0.1% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1945 election: 102,780 votes in the UK; 0.4% of all votes cast; 2 MP's elected

1950 election: 91,765 votes in the UK; 0.3% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1951 election: 21,640 votes in the UK; 0.1% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1955 election: 33,144 votes in the UK; 0.1% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1959 election: 30,896 votes in the UK; 0.1% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1964 election: 46,442 votes in the UK; 0.2% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1966 election: 62,092 votes in the UK; 0.2% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1970 election: 37,970 votes in the UK; 0.1% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1974 election*: 32,743 votes in the UK; 0.1% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1974 election~: 17,426 votes in the UK; 0.1% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

1979 election: 16,858 votes in the UK; 0.1% of all votes cast; 0 MP elected

* = February

~ = October

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