Results and Analysis June 1987

General Election, 11th June 1987:
The final number of seats won by the parties was:

650 seats
Con 375 (-22);   Lab 229 (+20);   Alliance (Lib) 17 (-);   Alliance (SDP) 5 (-1);   Plaid 3 (+1);   SNP 3 (+1);   Official U 9(-2)  Others (including Speaker) 9 (+3)
Conservatives have a working majority of 100, excluding the Speaker

There is a breakdown of seats by region

Full results for each constituency

The total electorate was 43,181,321 of whom 32,531,693 voted - a turnout of 75.34%
The average electorate size was 66,432.80. In Conservative won seats the average was 70,253.39, Labour 61,799.36, Lib/SDP Alliance 55,300.95, Plaid Cymru 43,308.67, and SNP 61,803.33.

 ElectorateTotal VoteTurnout
Northern Ireland1,089,160730,15267.04%


Approximately 67 'parties', including various sorts of independent, stood in the election - see the full list for details. The three major parties between them accounted for 95.61% of the votes cast. But the Conservative Party achieved its 57.69% of seats on the basis of support from 31.81% of the electorate. The list shows the percentage of votes obtained by each of the parties. 289 candidates lost their deposits.

A total of 2,325 candidates stood in the election. 25 candidates (21 Labour and 4 Unionist) obtained majorities that were more than 50% of the votes cast. The Conservatives, having taken 375 seats, came second in 210 seats. The Lib-SDP Alliance came second in 260 seats (168 Lib, 92 SDP). Labour came second in 149.

The average size of majority was 10,867. The average Conservative majority was 11,407, Labour was 10,622, and Alliance 4,497. These figures may be seen in comparison with other elections here. There is a list of constituencies in order of percentage majority, together with separate lists for the three main parties in order of marginality. It is also interesting to note that in over half the constituencies (56.31%) the winner had 50% or more of the votes cast, and there is a list of constituencies in order of the winner's percentage of votes cast. One issue that often interests people is what proportion of the electorate a winning candidate achieves. This is also included in this list. Turnout ranged from 55.23% in Antrim East to 84.38% in Brecon & Radnor. Constituencies are listed in order of turnout.

Transcripts are available of the Conservative and Labour party election television broadcasts

Copies of party election manifestos are available for the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal/SDP Alliance parties

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