1886 United Kingdom general election in Ireland
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101 of the 670 seats to the House of Commons
Results of the 1886 election in Ireland
Irish Parliamentary Party
In response to Gladstone's attempt to implement Home Rule a unionist wing of the Liberals broke off to found the Liberal Unionist Party, which entered into an alliance with the Conservatives in an effort to block any attempt to implement Home Rule.
The Irish Liberal Party, having lost all seats in the 1885 election, saw its share of the vote further plummet, to 3%. In comparison, the relative share of the vote enjoyed by the Conservatives nearly doubled. This in part is explained by the fact that the election saw a far lower turnout than that seen the previous year. Despite a drop in their relative share of the vote the Parliamentary party only lost one seat, with the bulk of their seats – 66 – being unopposed. In total the Parliamentary party stood some 97 candidates, the Conservatives 28 (three of whom were unopposed), the Liberal Unionists seven, and the Liberals just three.
Not included in the totals are the two Dublin University seats, which were retained by Conservatives standing on a Unionist ticket.
|# of Seats||% of Seats||Seat Change||# of Votes||% of Votes||Vote Change|
|Irish Parliamentary||Charles Stewart Parnell||84||83.2||1||91,083||46.7||20.6|
|Liberal Unionist||Joseph Chamberlain||2||2.0||2||21,944||11.3||11.3|
|Liberal||William Ewart Gladstone||0||0||5,710||2.9||3.7|
|Source: B.M. Walker|
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