The 2005 British General Election was held 2 years after the snap election of 2003 as opposed to the usual 5 years because the Parliament elected in 2003 was only elected to serve the remainder of the 5 year term of the previous Parliament. The elections were held alongside the British Senatorial Elections, 2005

2003 United Kingdom 2010
British Republic general election, 2005
All 700 seats to the British Legislative Assembly
May 5, 2005 (2005-05-05)
Turnout 70.8%
First party Second party Third party
Leader Charles Kennedy Tony Blair Michael Howard
Party [[Social Liberal|Template:Social Liberal/meta/shortname]] [[Leftist Alliance|Template:Leftist Alliance/meta/shortname]] [[Conservative Party|Template:Conservative Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 3rd August 2000 21 July 1994 6 November 2003
Leader's seat Highlands County Durham Central Kent
Last election 238 335 63
Seats won 317 198 102
Seat change +79 -137 +39
Popular vote 10,738,291 8,938,182 5,102,398
Percentage 33.0% 27.4% 15.7%
Fourth party
Leader Caroline Lucas
Party [[Green Party|Template:Green Party/meta/shortname]]

Leader since 4 April 2002
Leader's seat East Sussex
Last election 60
Seats won 71
Seat change +11
Popular vote 4,812,201
Percentage 14.8%

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

Prime Minister-elect
Charles Kennedy
[[Social Liberal|Template:Social Liberal/meta/shortname]]


The election was held 2 years since the last election, during which time the Ulster Crisis had flared up, the governments perceived bad handling of the crisis combined with the largely popular policies proposed by the Social Liberals had led to the government to lose a large amount of its popularity.


The election was won by the Social Liberal Party who won 317 seats and formed a minority government with outside support from the Green Party, however less than a year later Social Liberal Party leader and new Prime Minister Charles Kennedy was forced to resign after being having received treatment for a drinking problem. He was succeeded as Prime Minister by Menzies Campbell.

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