United Kingdom general election, 1983 (Wales)

United Kingdom general election, 1983 (Wales)

9 June 1983

All 38 Welsh seats to the House of Commons

  First party Second party
 
Leader Michael Foot Margaret Thatcher
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 10 November 1980 11 February 1975
Last election 21 seats, 46.9% 11 seats, 32.2%
Seats before 23[lower-alpha 1] 12[lower-alpha 1]
Seats won 20 14
Seat change 3[lower-alpha 2] 2[lower-alpha 2]
Popular vote 603,858 499,310
Percentage 37.5% 31.0%
Swing 9.4% 1.2%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Dafydd Wigley
Party SDP–Liberal Alliance Plaid Cymru
Leader since 1981
Last election 1 seats, 10.6% 2 seats, 8.0%
Seats before 1[lower-alpha 1] 2[lower-alpha 1]
Seats won 2 2
Seat change 1[lower-alpha 2]
Popular vote 373,358 125,309
Percentage 23.2% 7.8%
Swing 12.6% 0.2%

The 1983 United Kingdom general election in Wales took place on 9 June 1983 for all 38 Welsh seats to the House of Commons. The Labour Party again won a majority of Welsh MPs, but the party's vote share declined by 9.4% and they lost three seats. The governing Conservatives made a net gain of two seats, with the SDP-Liberal Alliance gaining one.

Across the UK the Conservatives won a landslide majority and continued in office for a second term.[1]

Results

Below is a table summarising the results of the 1983 general election in Wales.[2]

Party Seats Votes
TotalGainsLosses Net +/- % seats Total votes % votes Change
Labour 20 0 3 3 52.6 603,858 37.5 9.4
Conservative 14 3 1 2 36.8 499,310 31.0 1.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance 2 1 0 1 5.3 373,358 23.2 12.6
Plaid Cymru 2 0 0 5.3 125,309 7.8 0.2
Other parties 0 0 0 7,151 0.4 1.9
Popular vote
Labour
37.5%
Conservative
31.0%
SDP–Liberal Alliance
23.2%
Plaid Cymru
7.8%
Other
0.4%
Parliament seats
Labour
52.6%
Conservative
36.8%
SDP–Liberal Alliance
5.3%
Plaid Cymru
5.3%

References

  1. "GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS, 9 JUNE 1983" (PDF). 1984. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. "GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS, 9 JUNE 1983" (PDF). 1984. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 Notional 1979 results.
  2. 1 2 3 Indicates boundary change—so this is a nominal figure.


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