European Parliament election, 1999 (United Kingdom)

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United Kingdom European Parliament election, 1999
United Kingdom
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All 87 seats from the United Kingdom to the European Parliament
  First party Second party Third party
  William Hague 2010.jpg Tony Blair.JPG Paddy Ashdown 3.jpg
Leader William Hague Tony Blair Paddy Ashdown
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Alliance EPP–ED PES ALDE
Leader since 19 June 1997 21 July 1994 16 July 1988
Last election 18 seats, 28% 62 seats, 44% 2 seats, 17%
Seats won 36 29 10
Seat change Increase 18 Decrease 33 Increase 8
Popular vote 3,578,218 2,803,821 1,266,549
Percentage 35.77 28.03 12.66%
Swing Increase 7% Decrease 16% Decrease 5%

European Parliament election 1999 - UK results.png

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

Leader of Largest Party before election

Tony Blair
Labour

Subsequent Leader of Largest Party

William Hague
Conservative

The European Parliament Election, 1999 was the UK part of the European Parliament election 1999. It was held on 10 June. It was the first European election to be held in the United Kingdom using a system of proportional representation. The European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999 introduced the Party List system, using a Closed list. Single Transferable Vote was retained in Northern Ireland. The Act also introduced the new twelve electoral regions. The turnout was again the lowest in Europe, the lowest ever for a European election in the UK.

The Conservatives doubled the number of seats from last European election. Labour saw their 62 seats reduced to just 29. It was the first European Parliament election to be held since the change of United Kingdom government from Conservative to Labour (who won by a landslide) two years earlier.

The Liberal Democrats saw their number of seats increase to 10 from just 2 in the previous election. The UK Independence Party, Green Party and Plaid Cymru won their first ever seats in the European Parliament. These changes are largely due to the move to proportional representation from first past the post, introduced by the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999.

  • Overall (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) voter turnout: 23% (EU average: 49%)
  • Overall votes cast: 10,681,082

England, Scotland and Wales[edit]

Note: Percentages are approximate

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%) Share of Seats(%)
Conservative 3,578,218 36 +18 36 43
Labour 2,803,821 29 -33 28 35
Liberal Democrat 1,266,549 10 +8 13 12
UKIP 696,057 3 +3 7 3.6
Green 625,378 2 +2 6.3 2.4
SNP 268,528 2 0 2.7 2.4
Plaid Cymru 185,235 2 +2 1.9 2.4
Pro-Euro Conservative 138,097 0 0 1.4 0
BNP 102,647 0 0 1.1 0
Liberal 93,051 0 0 0.9 0
Socialist Labour 86,749 0 0 0.9 0
Others 157,944 0 0 1.6 0
Total 10,002,273 84 0 100 100

All parties with more than 50,000 votes shown

Total votes cast – 10,002,273

Source : UK Office of the European Parliament

Northern Ireland[edit]

European Parliament election 1999: Northern Ireland[1]
Party Candidate(s) Seats Loss/Gain First Preference Votes
Number  % of vote
DUP Ian Paisley 1 0 192,762 28.4
SDLP John Hume 1 0 190,731 28.1
UUP Jim Nicholson 1 0 119,507 17.6
Sinn Féin Mitchel McLaughlin 0 0 117,643 17.3
PUP David Ervine 0 0 22,494 3.31
UK Unionist Robert McCartney 0 0 20,283 2.98
Alliance Sean Neeson 0 0 14,391 2.12
Natural Law James Anderson 0 0 998 0.15
Turnout 678,809

MEPs defeated[edit]

Labour[edit]

Liberal Democrat[edit]

Conservative[edit]

Pro-Euro Conservative Party[edit]

Independent Labour[edit]

Scottish Socialist Party[edit]

Leeds Left Alliance[edit]

Party leaders in June 1999[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 1999 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections

External links[edit]