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194831 May 1951 1953

57 seats in the Craftian Provincial Parliament
29 needed for a majority
First party Second party
Leader Allen Wilson William McArthur
Party Labour National
Leader since 24 September 1947 1 January 1951
Leader's seat Wentworth Hamilton
Last election 11 seats, 34.18% New party
Seats won 27 15
Seat change Increase 16 Increase 15
Popular vote 52,737 25,870
Percentage 44.38% 21.77%
Swing Increase 10.20% Increase 21.88%

Third party Fourth party
Leader Percy Raymond Song Ling'ou
Party Protection Communist
Leader since 21 March 1947 17 May 1948
Leader's seat Plartu Manolis (lost seat)
Last election 27 seats, 41.23% 12 seats, 22.09%
Seats won 14 1
Seat change Decrease 13 Decrease 11
Popular vote 24,527 13,226
Percentage 20.64% 11.13%
Swing Decrease 20.59% Decrease 10.96%

CraftianParliament1951
Craftian Provincial Parliament after the election
Premier before election Elected Premier
Percy Raymond
Protection
William McArthur
National

A provincial election was held on Wednesday, 31 May 1951 to determine the members of the 4th Provincial Parliament of the Province of Craftia. The incumbent right-wing Protection of Craftia Party government, led by Premier Percy Raymond, lost its majority, and the National Labour Party opposition, led by Opposition Leader Allen Wilson, won a plurality of seats (and were 2 short of a majority). However, the new centre-right National Party of Craftia, led by leader William McArthur, was able to form a knife-edge 1-seat majority coalition government with Protection. McArthur became Premier while Raymond's successor Gary Smith became Deputy Premier. This coalition suffered from leadership tensions and caucus conflict, leading to it breaking down in 1953. A vote of no-confidence was successful and an early election was called, where the Nationals and Protection were both decisively defeated by Labour.

Results

Legislative Assembly

Party Votes Percentage Swing Seats Change
National Labour Party 52,737 44.38
 
Increase 10.20 27 Increase 16
National Party of Craftia 25,870 21.77
 
Increase 21.77 15 Increase 15
Protection of Craftia Party 24,527 20.64
 
Decrease 20.59 14 Decrease 13
Communist Party of Craftia 13,226 11.13
 
Decrease 10.96 1 Decrease 10
Other 2,472 2.08
 
Decrease 0.58 0 Steady
Total 118,831 57
Popular Vote
Labour
  
44.38%
National
  
21.77%
Protection
  
20.64%
Communist
  
11.13%
Other
  
2.08%
Seats in Parliament
Labour
  
47.37%
National
  
26.32%
Protection
  
24.56%
Communist
  
1.75%

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