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1955: Eden's mandate
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Party vote share
Out of the Commons
Michael Foot

With the votes counted the Conservatives almost managed to smash the 50% mark - taking a record-breaking 49.7% of the popular vote.

The party had won a higher percentage of the vote than Labour and the Liberals combined.

Their Commons majority rose with as they netted 345 seats to Labour’s 277, but with turnout down on 1951 these results had been achieved with nearly half a million fewer votes than last time out.

But the good news for the Conservatives was that Labour suffered much more heavily as turnout fell to 76.8%.

Attlee’s party notched up nearly one and half million fewer votes than their high-water mark in 1951.

The Liberals had their worst share of the vote post-war; with 2.7% they received just over 700,000 votes, returning six MPs.