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%.