The 2003 British general election was held as a result of the 2003 British Constitutional Crisis and was held alongside the British Senatorial Elections, 2003.

2000 United Kingdom 2005
British Republic general election, 2003
All 700 seats to the British Legislative Assembly
May 8, 2003 (2003-05-08)
Turnout 68.5%
First party Second party Third party
Leader Tony Blair Charles Kennedy William Hague
Party [[Leftist Alliance|Template:Leftist Alliance/meta/shortname]] [[Social Liberal|Template:Social Liberal/meta/shortname]] [[Conservative Party|Template:Conservative Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 21 July 1994 3 August 2000 18 March 2001
Leader's seat County Durham Highlands North Yorkshire
Last election 290 seats 220 seats 90 seats
Seats won 335 238 63
Seat change +45 +18 -27
Popular vote 11,132,943 10,436,872 3,720,821
Percentage 35.5% 33.3% 11.9%
Fourth party
Leader Caroline Lucas
Party [[Green Party Party|Template:Green Party Party/meta/shortname]]

Leader since 4th Aril 2002
Leader's seat East Sussex
Last election Contested as Part of Leftist Alliance
Seats won 50
Seat change +50
Popular vote 3,118,712
Percentage 9.9%

Previous Prime Minister
Tony Blair
[[Leftist Alliance|Template:Leftist Alliance/meta/shortname]]

Prime Minister-elect
Tony Blair
[[Leftist Alliance|Template:Leftist Alliance/meta/shortname]]


The snap election was held in an attempt to break the deadlock in Parliament caused by the 2003 British Constitutional Crisis, this fact was seized upon by the British Union of Fascists and Worker's Party who both used it as evidence of the failings of the democratic systems, advocating a return to a more authoritarian system of government based on either fascist or communist ideals. This led to fears that the communists and fascists could make substantial gains in the elections and potentially make Parliament unworkable, leading to the Leftist Alliance to portray the election as a battle to maintain democracy.


The election was ultimately a success for the Leftist Alliance who won 335 seats, 15 short of a majority but enough to form a minority government with the support of either the Greens or the left wing of the Social Liberals to secure supply. The Fascists and Communists failed to make the breakthrough they had hoped for, with the BUF losing 10 seats, reducing them to just 5, and the communists only winning 10 seats.

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