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 James Callaghan Willie Whitelaw David Steel
Party Labour Conservative Liberal
Last Election 289 321 17
Seats Won 386 227 24
Seat Change +97 -94 +7
Percentage 45.2% 35.6% 14.4%

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.


Many future senior politicians were first elected at this election, including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Michael Portillo.

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