The Conservatives lead by Harold Macmillan increased their majority in the House of Commons to 100. For the Liberals led by their new leader Jo Grimond the election represented a modest improvement in its fortunes. The party increased its share of the vote by 3.2% and polled over 1.6 million votes. The number of Liberal MPs remained at 6. The party lost its 1958 by-election gain at Torrington and failed to recapture Carmarthen which had been lost in a by-election in 1957. The party did make a breakthrough in Devon North where Jeremy Thorpe gained the seat with a majority of 362.