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The United Kingdom general election of 1996 was held on May 9th 1996. Under the leadership of Michael Portillo the Conservative Party ended its 22 years in opposition, and won the general election with a landslide victory, winning 423 seats, its best performance since 1931.


First Party Second Party Third Party
Michael Portillo by Regents College cropped
Neil Kinnock
Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon
Leader Michael Portillo Neil Kinnock Paddy Ashdown
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Leader Since October 1994 July 1994 1987
Last Election
Seats won 423 157 48
Seats change
Percentage 44.5% 27.6%
Swing

Overview

Campaign

Results

Post Election Events

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