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|First Party||Second Party||Third Party|
|Leader||James Callaghan||Willie Whitelaw||David Steel|
The election was to see the Whitelaw government defeated, and labour won its second largest majority ever.
The Conservative Party campaign was much less coherant than it had been in 1975 and 1979, with more centrist tories and right wingers running on slightly different local manifestos.
Labour and the Liberals both made significant gains at the expense of the conservatives.