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Election 2010: Turnout mapped

John Walton
BBC News

One of the closest general election campaigns in a generation saw the numbers of voters rise by over 2m people on 2005 to 29.6m. The last election saw a 61.0% turnout compared with 65.1% this time.

The seat with the highest percentage turnout was Renfrewshire East on 77.3%. At the other end of the scale, six seats had less than a 50% turnout, with Hull West & Hessle coming bottom with 45.7%.

Turnout mapped across the UK

The rise in turnout was reflected right across the UK with the largest proportion of voters turning out in the South West and South East of England, 69.1% and 68.0% turnout respectively. The only area where turnout actually declined was in Northern Ireland. Numbers dropped by 7.8% to 57.6%.

London and the North West of England saw the biggest increases in turnout. The capital saw a rise of 7.2%, with the tight battle in Richmond Park resulting in one of the highest turnouts of any seat at 76.9 %. The North West's turnout increased by 5.5% to 62.6%.

Turnout in London, Glasgow and Birmingham

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