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The English general election of 1993 was held on May 1, 1993 as mandated by the Constitution of England. The election saw the Conservative Party, led by John Cleese, lose 22 seats, which did little of significance to dent their commanding majority in Parliament. The Labour Party, led by Roger Brady, increased its representation to 120 seats from their prior share (98 seats), which Brady referred to as "our little pyrrhic victory."
The election marked the first time since 1978 that an incumbent government survived a general election, with the drop in unemployment and inflation, along with lower commodity prices, seen as boons to the Conservatives, along with the high public approval of the stricter audit and accountability for government bureaucracies introduced by the Tories. Labour, despite running an extremely expensive campaign, were very disappointed in the results, seeing their inability to capture a bigger stake in government an even greater defeat than the 1990 landslide. The election gave the Tories an even stronger mandate than 1990, as it was viewed as a strong approval referendum on the previous three years, and Cleese referred to the 1993 victory as "the quiet landslide."