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1979 United Kingdom 1989
United Kingdom European Parliament election, 1984
81 seats to the European Parliament
14-17 June 1984

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. 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 and 15% less than the Conservatives.

  • Overall (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) turnout: 33% (EC average: 61%)
  • Overall votes cast: 13,998,190

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England, Scotland and Wales

Source: UK Office of the European Parliament

Note: percentages are approximate

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
Conservative 5,426,866 45 -15 38.8
Labour 4,865,224 32 +15 34.7
SDP-Liberal Alliance 2,591,659 0 0 19
SNP 230,594 1 0 2
Plaid Cymru 103,031 0 0 1
Ecology 70,853 0 0 1
Independent 11,073 0 0 0
Independent Ecology 3,330 0 0 0
Independent Conservative 3,249 0 0 0
Independent Liberal 2,981 0 0 0
Wessex Regionalist 2,365 0 0 0
Cornish Nationalist 1,892 0 0 0
Federal Republican 1,494 0 0 0

Total votes cast - 13,312,898. All parties listed.

Constituency Results

Source: UK-Elect

Constituency Constituency result by party Winning party 1984
Con Lab Lib/All SDP/All PC SNP Others
Bedfordshire South 72,088 57,106 36,444 Conservative
Birmingham East 54,994 76,377 21,927 1,440 Labour
Birmingham West 55,702 61,946 19,422 Labour
Bristol 94,652 77,008 33,698 Conservative

Northern Ireland

Source: Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive

Party Candidate(s) Seats Loss/Gain First Preference Votes
Number  % of vote
Democratic Unionist Ian Paisley 1 0 230,251 33.6
Social Democratic and Labour John Hume 1 0 151,399 22.1
Ulster Unionist John Taylor 1 0 147,169 21.5
Sinn Féin Danny Morrison 0 0 91,476 13.3
Alliance David Cook 0 0 34,046 5.0
Ulster Popular Unionist James Kilfedder 0 0 20,092 2.9
Workers Party Seamus Lynch 0 0 8,712 1.3
Ecology Colin McGuigan 0 0 2,172 0.3

Total votes cast - 685,317.

Party Leaders in 1984

See also

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