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General election trail

Discover incredible objects from general elections.

1992 general election

Who Would You Rather See In Charge Of Britain? Conservative Party publication 1992

Blue poster with black and white photographs of Conservative Party Prime Minister John Major and Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock, with white text: 'Who Would You Rather See In Charge Of Britain?'The Conservative Party, led by John Major, won a fourth successive general election in 1992 gaining 336 seats in parliament.

Did you know?  By the time John Major called a general election in 1997 his 21 seat majority had been reduced to zero due to by-election losses and MPs defecting to other parties.

2005 general election

Don't go back Labour Party campaign card, 2005

Holographic card with an image that shifts between the faces of Conservative Party Leaders Michael Howard and Margaret Thatcher, with text: 'Don't go back'.The 2005 general election resulted in the Labour Party, led by Tony Blair, winning a historic third term.  The first and only time Labour has won three consecutive elections.

Did you know?  The Liberal Democrats won the largest number of seats (62) by a Liberal party since 1923.

2010 general election

It’s a two horse race Liberal Democrat leaflet, 2010. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

Landscape leaflet with images of a yellow horse and a blue horse on the left, a red horse on the right, and text in the middle including: 'It's a two horse race' and 'Only The Lib Dems or The Conservatives Can Win'.The 2010 general election returned a hung parliament where no party held a majority of seats.  The Conservative Party, led by David Cameron, won the most seats (306) and went on to form a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats led by Nick Clegg.

Did you know?  In 2010 Rushanara Ali, Shabana Mahmood, and Yasmin Qureshi became the UK’s first female Muslim MPs.

2017 general election

High Hopes For High Peak campaign badge, 2017

A circular badge with a black trim and white background, with three triangular 'peaks' in black, red, and black, with black text: 'High Hopes For High Peak'.The Conservative Party led by Theresa May was widely predicted to win the 2017 general election by a landslide but in fact failed to win a majority of seats in parliament.  May continued as Prime Minister, leading a minority administration which governed with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Did you know?  3,303 candidates contested 650 seats in parliament in the 2017 election.

2019 general election

This Race Can’t Get Any Hotter #ElectionRebellion Extinction Rebellion leaflet, 2019

A green portrait poster with black text: This Race Can’t Get Any Hotter #ElectionRebellion Extinction Rebellion.The 2019 general election was dominated by the ramifications of the vote to leave the European Union.  The Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson won with a majority of 80 seats.

Did you know?  Boris Johnson was the 14th Prime Minister since 1945, and the 11th to be a graduate of the University of Oxford.  Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak were also educated at Oxford bringing the number up to 13 out of 16 post war leaders.

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