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%.
Table of Results: United Kingdom
|Party||Votes||% of poll||MEPs|
|SDP - Liberal Alliance||986,292||6.2||-|
|Scottish National Party||406,686||2.6||1|
|Turnout (UK):||36.2 %|