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The House of Commons - Post 2010 General Election

To ensure equitable representation, the four Boundary Commissions keep constituency boundaries under review and recommend any re-distribution of seats which may seem necessary because of population movements. At the 2010 General Election the number of seats increased from 646 to 650. Facts after the election.

  • There were 650 members known as Members of Parliament (MP)
  • 502 MPs were male and 148 women
  • People in prison or under the age of 18 do not vote for an MP
  • MP’s were first paid in 1911 at £400 per year
  • The basic salary for a Member of Parliament was £67,060 per year
  • In 2014 a new political party gained its first MP. Douglass Carswell was elected for UKIP in the Clacton, Essex constituency. Although not shown here, he was followed by Mark Reckless for Rochester & Strood.

How many Members of Parliament were there from each political party?

Party

Seats

Conservative

304

Labour

257

Liberal Democrat

56

Democratic Unionist

8

Scottish National

6

Sinn Fein

5

Plaid Cymru

3

Social Democratic & Labour

3

Independent

3

Alliance

1

Green

1

Respect

1

UK Independence Party

1

Speaker

1

Total number of seats

650

Current working Government Majority is 76*

*Speaker: John Bercow. Deputy Speakers: Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Mrs Eleanor Laing and Dawn Primarolo

Seats won at the 2010 General Election 

Party

Seats
Conservative 306
Labour 258
Liberal Democrat  57
Democratic Unionist 8
Scottish National 6
Sinn Fein 5
Plaid Cymru 3
Social Democratic & Labour 3
Alliance 1
Green 1
Independent 1
Speaker 1
Total number of seats  650