15 June 1989 figures

The European Elections in 1989

The third direct elections saw Labour top the poll with 39% of the vote, gaining 13 seats at the Conservative's expense. While Labour jumped to 45 seats, the Conservatives fell to 32. The 1989 elections also saw a spectacular outcome for the Green Party which took over 14.5 per cent of the overall vote, though the first-past-the post system denied them any seats.

In Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley topped the poll with 29.6% of the vote, with John Hume in second place with 25.2%. Jim Nicholson took the third seat for the Official Unionist Party with 22% of the vote. Provisional Sinn Fein's share of the vote fell to 9.1%.

Party Votes % of poll MEPs
Labour 6,153,640
39
45
Conservative 5,331,077
33
32
Green 2,292,705
14.5
-
SDP - Liberal Alliance 986,292
6.2
-
Scottish National Party 406,686
2.6
1
Plaid Cymru 115,062
0.7
-
Democratic Unionist 160,110
1.0
1
SDLP 136,335
0.86
1
OUP 118,785
0.75
1
Total Electorate: 43,710,568
Votes: 15,827,417
Turnout (UK): 36.2 %