European Parliament election, 1984 (United Kingdom)
81 seats to the European Parliament
Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results.
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The European Parliament Election, 1984 was the second European election to be held in the United Kingdom. It was held on 14 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. In England, Scotland and Wales, the Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party were in alliance, collecting 2,591,635 votes but not a single seat.
The election represented a small recovery for Labour, under Michael Foot's replacement Neil Kinnock, taking 15 seats from the Conservatives. In the general election of 1983, they had only had a vote share of 2% more than the SDP–Liberal Alliance (although they had nearly 10 times more MP's elected) and 15% less than the Conservatives.
- Overall (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) turnout: 33% (EC average: 61%)
- Overall votes cast: 13,998,190
England, Scotland and Wales
Note: percentages are approximate
|Party||Votes||Seats||Loss/Gain||Share of Vote (%)|
Total votes cast - 13,312,898. All parties listed.
|European Parliament election, 1984: Northern Ireland|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4|
|Sinn Féin||Danny Morrison||13.3||91,476||91,525||92,644||93,079|
|Ulster Popular Unionist||James Kilfedder||2.9||20,092||38,293||38,854|
|Workers' Party||Seamus Lynch||1.3||8,712||8,813|
|Electorate: 1,065,363 Valid: 685,317 Spoilt: 11,654 Quota: 171,330 Turnout: 696,994|
Party Leaders in 1984
- Conservative - Margaret Thatcher
- Labour - Neil Kinnock
- Liberal - David Steel
- SDP - David Owen
- SNP - Gordon Wilson
- Plaid Cymru - Dafydd Elis Thomas
- DUP - Ian Paisley
- SDLP - John Hume
- UUP - James Molyneaux
- The 1984 European Election, Northern Ireland Elections