United Kingdom general election, 1987

  • Tories: 376
  • Labour: 229
  • Otherwise:. 45

The British general election, 1987 took place on June 11 in 1987 and was the third consecutive victory for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives. She was the first Prime Minister since Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, who won three consecutive elections. According to her, but it also succeeded Tony Blair ( Labour Party ).


The election campaign was dominated by the conservatives of a claim against the Labour party atmosphere that attacked especially their tax policies, but also quick to alleged errors of the Labour Party said during the election campaign (rapid -response campaign ).

The Labour Party changed their campaign strategy and sat heavily on the person of their top candidates Neil Kinnock. In commercials, he was presented as a caring family man and politician who is able to improve the living conditions of the British. Its popularity increased after the publication overnight by 16%.


The Conservative Party emerged with an absolute majority and a lead of 102 seats as the winner of the election, but lost 21 seats compared to 1983.

The voting behavior differed greatly in this election. The Conservatives dominated the south of England and won here even seats from Labour added. However, in the north of England, Scotland and Wales, it lost much of consent.

The result of the Alliance, an electoral alliance of the Social Democratic Party ( SDP) and the Liberal Party was a severe disappointment for this. You had to give up a seat, but significant was the increase in the distance to the Labour Party to 8%, which was four years previously shrunk to 2%. This marked the end of the Alliance and that prompted the founding of the Liberal Democrats.

The most significant outcome of the general election was that Thatcherism still got a great support and Margaret Thatcher was able to continue its liberal economic policy.