European Parliament election, 1989 (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, 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 SNP received almost double the amount of votes it received in the previous election, its vote share rose by 1%.
- Overall (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) turnout: 36% (EU average: 59%)
- Overall votes cast: 15,896,078
England, Scotland and Wales
|Party||Votes||Seats||Loss/Gain||Share of Vote (%)|
|Social and Liberal Democrats||986,292||0||0||6.2|
|Monster Raving Loony||4,263||0||0||0.0|
Total votes cast: 15,361,267
|Party||Candidate(s)||Seats||Loss/Gain||First Preference Votes|
|Number||% of vote|
|Sinn Féin||Danny Morrison||0||0||48,914||9.1|
|NI Conservatives||Myrtle Boal||0||0||25,789||4.8|
|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
- Labour - Neil Kinnock
- Conservative - Margaret Thatcher
- Green - N/A (the Green Party did not have a leader)
- Liberal Democrat - Paddy Ashdown
- SNP - Gordon Wilson
- Plaid Cymru - Dafydd Elis Thomas
- DUP - Ian Paisley
- SDLP - John Hume
- UUP - James Molyneaux
- Elections in the United Kingdom: European elections
- List of members of the European Parliament for the United Kingdom, 1989–94