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United Kingdom European Parliament election, 1989

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81 seats to the "European Parliament
Turnout 36.4% (Increase3.8%)
  First party Second party
  ""Neil Kinnock, Glenys Kinnock and Bryan Gould in 1992 (cropped).jpg ""ThatcherProfile.JPG
Leader "Neil Kinnock "Margaret Thatcher
Party "Labour "Conservative
Alliance "PES "EPP
Leader since 2 October 1983 "11 February 1975
Last election 32 seats, 34.8% 45 seats, 38.8%
Seats won 45 32
Seat change Increase13 Decrease13
Popular vote 6,153,640 5,331,077
Percentage 38.7% 33.7%
Swing Increase3.9% Decrease5.1%

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Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.

Leader of Largest Party before election

"Margaret Thatcher
"Conservative

Subsequent Leader of Largest Party

"Neil Kinnock
"Labour

The European Parliament Election, 1989, was the third European election to be held in the United Kingdom. It was held on 15 June. The "electoral system was "First Past the Post in England, "Scotland and "Wales and "Single Transferable Vote in Northern Ireland. The turnout was again the lowest in Europe.

This election saw the best performance ever by the "Green Party (UK) (formerly the Ecology Party), collecting over 2 million votes and 15% of the vote share. It had only received 70,853 as the Ecology Party in the previous election. However, because of First Past the Post system, the Green Party did not gain a single MEP, while the "Scottish National Party received 1 seat with only 3% of the vote share. The Green Party's vote total of 2,299,287 remains its best performance in a national election, as does its percentage result of 14.5%. To date, it is the most recent election in which the Greens polled in excess of 2 million votes.

The election also saw "Labour overtake the "Conservatives for the first time in any election since October 1974 and the first time ever in a European election, winning 13 more seats.

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Results[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Party Votes won[1] % of vote Loss/Gain Seats % of seats Loss/Gain
"Labour 6,153,661 38.7 Increase3.9 45 55.6 Increase13
"Conservative 5,356,887 33.7 Decrease5.1 32 39.5 Decrease13
"Green 2,299,287 14.5 Increase14.0 0 Steady Steady
"Social and Liberal Democrats 944,861 5.9 Decrease12.6 0 Steady Steady
"SNP 406,686 2.6 Increase1.0 1 1.2 Steady
"DUP 160,110 1.0 Decrease0.6 1 1.2 Steady
"SDLP 136,335 0.9 Decrease0.2 1 1.2 Steady
"UUP 118,785 0.7 Decrease0.4 1 1.2 Steady
"Plaid Cymru 115,062 0.7 Decrease0.1 0 Steady Steady
"SDP 75,886 0.5 New 0 Steady Steady
"Sinn Féin 48,914 0.3 Decrease0.4 0 Steady Steady
"Alliance 27,905 0.2 Steady 0 Steady Steady
"Independent 12,724 0.1 Steady 0 Steady Steady
"Ind. Conservative 6,996 0.0 Steady 0 Steady Steady
"Workers' Party 5,590 0.0 Decrease0.1 0 Steady Steady
Labour Representation Group 3,540 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Communist 4,420 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Monster Raving Loony 4,263 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Mebyon Kernow 4,224 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Wessex Regionalist 2,332 0.0 Steady 0 Steady Steady
"International Communist 1,567 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"National Front 1,471 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Humanist 1,349 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Labour Party NI 1,274 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Socialist (GB) 919 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Corrective 707 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Communist League 323 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady

Great Britain[edit]

Party Votes won[1] % of vote Loss/Gain Seats % of seats Loss/Gain
"Labour 6,153,661 40.1 Increase3.6 45 57.7 Increase13
"Conservative 5,331,098 34.7 Decrease6.1 32 41.0 Decrease13
"Green 2,292,718 14.9 Increase14.4 0 Steady Steady
"Social and Liberal Democrats 944,861 6.2 Decrease13.3 0 Steady Steady
"SNP 406,686 2.6 Increase0.9 1 1.3 Steady
"Plaid Cymru 115,062 0.7 Decrease0.1 0 Steady Steady
"SDP 75,886 0.5 New 0 Steady Steady
"Independent 12,724 0.1 Steady 0 Steady Steady
"Ind. Conservative 6,996 0.0 Steady 0 Steady Steady
"Communist 4,420 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Monster Raving Loony 4,263 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Mebyon Kernow 4,224 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Wessex Regionalist 2,332 0.0 Steady 0 Steady Steady
"International Communist 1,567 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"National Front 1,471 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Humanist 1,349 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Socialist (GB) 919 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Corrective 707 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady
"Communist League 323 0.0 New 0 Steady Steady

Total votes cast: 15,361,267

Northern Ireland[edit]

Party Candidate(s) Seats Loss/Gain First Preference Votes[2]
Number % of vote
"DUP "Ian Paisley 1 0 160,110 29.9
"SDLP "John Hume 1 0 136,335 25.5
"UUP "Jim Nicholson 1 0 118,785 22.2
"Sinn Féin "Danny Morrison 0 0 48,914 9.1
"Alliance "John Alderdice 0 0 27,905 5.2
"NI Conservatives Myrtle Boal 0 0 25,789 4.8
"Green Malcolm Samuel 0 0 6,569 1.0
"Workers' Party Seamus Lynch 0 0 5,590 1
Labour Representation "Mark Langhammer 0 0 3,540 0
"Labour '87 Brian Caul 0 0 1,274 0

Total votes cast – 534,811.

Party Leaders in 1989[edit]

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