The general election 2024 results, in maps and charts

As the dust settles on an historic general election result, we help you make sense of the numbers.

Newly elected Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer with his wife Victoria Starmer are clapped in by staff as they enter his official London residence at No 10 Downing Street for the first time after the Labour Party won a landslide victory at the 2024 General Election. Picture date: Friday July 5, 2024.
Sir Keir Starmer and his wife, Victoria, are clapped in by staff as they enter No 10 Downing Street for the first time after Labour's victory. (PA)

It's been a general election of milestones – the second biggest Labour majority ever; the third biggest majority in 100 years; the worst Conservative defeat ever.

It was also an election that highlighted the UK's complex electoral system, which means a large number of votes might translate into only a handful of MPs.

The minor parties performed well, with Reform picking up five seats, the Greens four and Sinn Fein becoming the largest Northern Ireland party in the UK parliament for the first time.

Here's a selection of charts to help you make sense of the data.

When the final result came in late on Saturday, Labour had claimed victory in 412 constituencies, marking only the fifth time since the Second World War a party has won more than 60% of the seats up for grabs and marking an increase of 211 on its 2019 election results.

It is the largest return to the House of Commons since Tony Blair's re-election in 2001 and also gives the new prime minister a majority of 176, a figure only bettered twice in the past 100 years.

For now, the only problem Sir Keir Starmer faces is where to put all his MPs, as the House of Commons only has seating space for 427 people.

The Tories claimed 121 seats, down 251 from 2019; the Lib Dems a record 72 – up from just 11 in the previous parliament; and the SNP nine, down 39 from their 2019 total. Reform won five.

Sinn Fein won seven seats again, meaning the republican party holds more seats in Westminster than any other Northern Irish party, even though its MPs refused to take their seats, after the DUP lost three seats to end on four. The Green Party also four – up from their one in 2019, as did Plaid Cymru who saw their seats double to four. Independents and others make up the remaining 11 seats.

While Tory losses and Labour gains are the most eye-catching, a deeper look reveals some of the key themes that have helped Sir Keir Starmer seize the keys to Downing Street.

A collapse in the SNP vote in Scotland turned a swathe of seats from yellow to red north of the border, while Conservative woes helped the Lib Dems make big gains in the south and south-west of England.

Reform UK and the Green Party also made strong inroads in what has been dubbed by some the 'pick and mix parliament'.

But it was independent candidates who had the best night by some markers, with six non-aligned MPs the most returned to parliament since 1950.

Once again, the ratio of votes won against seats gained at a British general election has raised questions.

Labour's vote share nationally barely increased compared to the 2019 under Jeremy Corbyn, when the party polled at 32.2% nationally, but this time around yielded more than double the number of seats.

Only the Lib Dems, traditionally the loudest of the political parties calling for a change to the voting system, saw their vote share translate into a roughly proportionate number of MPs.

The 2019 general election was marked by huge swathes of blue across the country, many puncturing the traditional 'red wall' of supposedly safe Labour seats.

Since 2010, results maps have also tended to show Scotland coloured almost completely in the yellow of the SNP.

In 2024, Starmer and Labour have managed to paint England, Scotland and Wales with vast swathes of red, with pockets of Tory blue consigned to the party's traditional heartlands.

As is to be expected, the historical trend since the end of the Second World War tends to show Labour surging as the Tories plunge, and vice versa.

While the Conservatives have never managed to replicate the highs of their 1930s dominance, Labour's general election victories have been roughly at the same level, winning more than 60% of MPs in four of their polls wins since 1945 - something the Tories have managed just once under Margaret Thatcher.

The Tories lost a staggering 251 seats from the ones they secured under Boris Johnson in 2019.

The wipeout was complete in Wales, where the Conservatives were left with zero MPs having won 14 seats five years previously.

A dozen top cabinet ministers the Sunak government also lost their seats, including Penny Mordaunt, Gillian Keegan and Grant Shapps. Other notable names who slumped to defeat included Liz Truss and Jacob Rees-Mogg.

One of the most remarkable elemnts of Labour's electoral victory was just how many seats the party managed to win given a small rise in the vote share.

Keir Starmer secured 34% of the vote - up just 1.8 percentage points from Jeremy Corbyn's distarous election rersult in 2019.

And yet the party more than doubled the number of seats in the House of Commons, up 210 to 412.

In a sign that Starmer's landslide may not have been driven by overwhelming public enthusiasm, turnout at the election was the lowest for more than 20 years.

The turnout figure was 60%, the lowest turnout at a general election since 2001.

Use the interactive map below to explore the results in each constituency.

Click on your constituency to zoom in, or select it in the drop-down menu below the map.