The English general election of 1990 was held on May 3rd 1990 to elect 601 members of the English Parliament. The National Party led by Megan Taylor ended 8 years of Social Democrat rule and won a landslide election victory, winning 425 seats, the most any party has ever held. The election marked the beginning of 18 years of National Party rule, and seven consecutive National election victories. The SDP recorded their worst electoral performance since 1942, and their lowest share of the vote since 1932.

The election was also the last time to date a winning party received over 50% of the vote.

Many prominent Social Democrats lost their seats, including Prime Minister Tom Smith and former Prime Minister James Newton.


At the 1987 election the SDP government of James Newton had been re-elected for a third term with a large majority in the House of Commons. 

SDP campaign

National Party campaign

Liberal campaign