The 1885 UK general election
was from 24 November to 18 December 1885. This was the first general election after an extension of the franchise and redistribution of seats. For the first time a majority of adult males could vote and most constituencies returned a single-member to Parliament. It saw the Liberals, led by William Gladstone
, win the most seats, but not an overall majority. As the Irish Nationalists
held the balance of power between them and the Conservatives, this exacerbated divisions within the Liberals over Irish Home Rule
and led to a split and another general election the following year
Total votes cast: 4,638,235. All parties shown.