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The 1997 UK general election brought the first change in UK Government for 18 years. The Labour Party led by Tony Blair defeated the incumbent Conservative Party, causing a major change to the political landscape of the United Kingdom.


Out of the 659 Parliamentary Seats

  • Labour: 418
  • Conservatives: 165
  • Liberal Democrats: 46
  • Other : 30 (including, unusually, an Independent English MP - Martin Bell[?])

The result declared for the constituency of Winchester showed a margin of victory of just 2 votes for the Liberal Democrats. The defeated Conservative candidate challenged the result, forcing a by-election which was won by the Liberal Democrats with a much larger majority.

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