The 1995 British General election was the second general election to take place since the British Liberal Revolution and subsequent drawing of the British Constitution. The elections were held alongside the 1995 British Senatorial Elections.

1990 United Kingdom 2000
British Republic general election, 1995
All 700 seats to the British Legislative Assembly
May 9, 1995 (1995-05-09)
Turnout 73.0%
First party Second party Third party
Leader Paddy Ashdown Tony Blair John Major
Party [[Social Liberal|Template:Social Liberal/meta/shortname]] [[Leftist Alliance|Template:Leftist Alliance/meta/shortname]] [[Conservative Party|Template:Conservative Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 16th July 1988 5th December 1989 15th July 1989
Leader's seat Somerset County Durham Cambridgeshire
Last election 250 120 80
Seats won 290 165 105
Seat change +40 +45 +25
Popular vote 10,964,357 10,205,503 4,845,253
Percentage 33.6% 31.3% 14.9%
Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Ian Anderson David Owen
Party [[BUF|Template:BUF/meta/shortname]] [[Social Democratic Party|Template:Social Democratic Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 3rd September 1989 3rd March 1988
Leader's seat Barking, Dagenham, Ilford and Romford Plymouth and South Devon
Last election 230 10
Seats won 100 25
Seat change -130 +15
Popular vote 4,163,262 2,450,263
Percentage 12.8% 7.5%

Previous Prime Minister
Paddy Ashdown
[[Social Liberal|Template:Social Liberal/meta/shortname]]

Prime Minister-elect
Paddy Ashdown
[[Social Liberal|Template:Social Liberal/meta/shortname]]


The 1995 General election marked the first time a Parliament was dissolved peacefully in Britain since 1931, with the outgoing Legislative Assembly having completed its first 5 year term. Over the course of the Parliament the support for pro-democracy parties strengthened greatly whilst the British Union of Fascists (BUF) found itself losing large amounts of its support as the population became ever more supportive of the newly founded Republic.


The results represented a substantial victory for the Social Liberals who gained 40 seats and were able to enter into a coalition with the Conservatives to form a government which held 395 seats in the Legislative Assembly, providing the government with a majority of 45 seats. The Social Democrats also experienced relative success, more than doubling their number of seats from 10 to 25. On the other hand the election was a major defeat for the BUF who went from 230 seats to just 100, losing their status as the official opposition and sliding from the second to fourth largest party in the Assembly. Whilst the Leftist Alliance made a net gain of 45 seats it too viewed the election as a defeat as it was forced into opposition by the formation of a Liberal-Conservative coalition.

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