First Party Second Party Third Party
Leonard James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff 1976-1980
David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood 1987-1997
Leader Willie Whitelaw James Callaghan David Steel
Party Conservative Labour Liberal
Last Election 341 247 32
Seats Won 321 289 17
Seats Change -20 +42 -15
Percentage 43.4% 41.5% 12.5%
Swing +0.2% +3.7% -4.2%





The Conservatives were re-elected, but with only a majority of 3. In November 1981 the Conservatives lost their majority and had to rely on the support of several Liberal MP's led by Cyril Smith to remain in office. This support was brief and in January 1982 a vote of no confidence was passed, and the conservative government was deafeated in the subsequent general election.

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