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Encyclopedia > United Kingdom general election, 1874
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The 1874 UK general election ended with the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, winning a majority of the votes cast, but Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatives winning the majority of seats in the House of Commons, largely because they won a number of uncontested seats. The 1868 UK general election saw the Liberals, led by William Gladstone, again increase their large majority over the Earl of Derbys Conservatives. ... In the UK general election of 1880, also known as the Midlothian Campaign, the Liberals, led by the fierce oratory of retired former Liberal leader William Gladstone in attacking the supposedly immoral foreign policy of the Beaconsfield government, secured one of their largest ever majorities, leaving the Conservatives a distant... William Ewart Gladstone (December 29, 1809 - May 19, 1898) was a British Liberal politician and Prime Minister (1868-1874, 1880-1885, 1886 and 1892-1894). ... Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (December 21, 1804 - April 24, British Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and author. ... In some bicameral parliaments of a Westminster System, the House of Commons has historically been the name of the elected lower house. ...


The election also saw Irish Nationalists in the Home Rule Party become the first significant third party in Parliament. In any two-party system of politics, a third party is a party other than the two dominant ones. ...


This was the first General Election that used a secret ballot.

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
Liberal 1,281,159 242 - 145 52.0
Conservative 1,091,708 350 + 79 44.3
Home Rule 90,234 60 3.7
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