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|United Kingdom European Parliament election, 1994|
|87 seats to the European Parliament|
|9 June 1994|
The European Parliament Election, 1994 was the fourth European election to be held in the United Kingdom. It was held on 9 June, though, as usual, the ballots were not counted until the evening of 12 June. The electoral system was, for the final European election, First Past the Post in England, Scotland and Wales and Single Transferable Vote in Northern Ireland. This was the first election with 87 MEPs, the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1993 increased the number of seats for the UK from 81. For the first time, the UK did not get the lowest turnout in Europe. This was the first European election contested by the United Kingdom Independence Party and the first European election in which the Liberal Democrats won seats. The Conservatives' performance in the election was very poor, losing a further 14 seats, taking their number of seats down to 18, which was 42 fewer seats than in the 1979 election, the year they defeated the Labour Party in the 1979 General Election. This reflected the general unpopularity of the Major government at the time. The Green Party was unable to build on its highly successful performance of the previous election, losing more than three-quarters of its votes.
Richard Huggett, standing as a "Literal Democrat", gained over 10,000 votes in the Devon and East Plymouth constituency and almost certainly prevented the Liberal Democrats from gaining a third seat from the Conservative Party.
Note: Percentages are approximate
|Party||Votes||Seats||Loss/Gain||Share of Vote (%)|
|Monster Raving Loony||7,798||0||0||0|
Total votes cast - 15,292,722. All parties with more than 3,000 votes shown.
|Party||Candidate(s)||Seats||Loss/Gain||First Preference Votes|
|Number||% of vote|
|Democratic Unionist||Ian Paisley||1||0||163,246||29.2|
|Social Democratic and Labour||John Hume||1||0||161,992||28.9|
|Ulster Unionist||Jim Nicholson||1||0||133,459||23.8|
|Ulster Independence||Hugh Ross||0||0||7,858||1.4|
|Workers Party||John Lowry||0||0||2,543||0.5|
|Labour Party NI||Niall Cusack||0||0||2,464||0.4|
|Natural Law||James Anderson,
|Peace Coalition||June Campion||0||0||1,088||0.2|
|Independent Ulster||David Kerr||0||0||579||0.1|
|Constitutional Independent NI||Robert Mooney||0||0||400||0.1|
Total votes cast - 559,867.