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Labour Party candidates 1900 to 1979

Labour Party candidates 1900 to 1979

The number of Labour candidates at elections obviously grew as the popularity of the Labour Party itself increased. However, the number of male candidates after 1918 greatly outnumbered female candidates despite the fact that the Representation of the People Act of 1918 had enfranchised women 30 years and over and with property qualifications.

1900: 15

1906: 50

1910: 78

1910*: 56

1918: 361

1922: 414

1923: 427

1924: 514

1929: 569

1931: 516

1935: 552

1945: 603

1950: 617

1951: 617

1955: 620

1959: 621

1964: 628

1966: 622

1970: 625

1974: 623

1974**: 623

1979: 623

* = December

** = October