Dataset: United Kingdom: Parliamentary Election 1992


<p><b>Date of election</b>: 9 April 1992</p>
<p><b>Main actors</b>: Prime Minister John Major (Conservatives); Neil Kinnock (Labour); Paddy Ashdown (Liberal Democrats)</p>
<p><b>Campaign, main issues</b>: The election campaign in 1992 was relatively calm, focusing on domestic issues. Prominent among these were the country&rsquo;s economy, mired in its longest recession in years, and at the state of public services, including the National Health Service (NHS). A key item of the economic debate involved taxes, the ruling Conservatives advocating a low-tax policy and opposition Labour proposing hikes at higher incomes levels. The Conservatives moreover criticized their opponent&rsquo;s plans to increase public expenditure, while Labour countered by blaming the Government for the recession and outlined plans to redress social inequalities.Also seen as important was the credibility of the leaders of the two biggest political parties.</p>
<p><b>Outcome of election</b>: The Conservatives captured 336 seats to gain an overall majority of 21 in the House of Commons. Labour, for its part, reinforced its position as main opposition by picking up 42 additional seats. The Conservatives&rsquo; victory, albeit with a reduced majority, was their fourth consecutive one, a feat unmatched in the country since the early 19th century. Political observers attributed this in part to voters&rsquo; anxieties over the prospects of a socialist Government or a hung (no majority) Parliament but also to Mr. Major&rsquo;s personal popularity. Given the election outcome, he continued as Prime Minister.</p>

<h4>Political parties represented in the election:</h4>
   <li>Lab - Labour Party</li>
   <li>Con - Conservative Party</li>

       <li>LD - Liberal Democrats</li>
       <li>PC/SNP - Plaid Cymru (Wales) - Scottish National Party (Scotland)



Full Title

United Kingdom: Parliamentary Election 1992

Identification Number



Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Norwegian Social Science Data Services NSD


Date: 2009-04-01

List of Keywords

Topic Classification


Time Period Covered

Start End Cycle
1994 1994

Geographic Coverage

Bulgaria (NUTS 1, NUTS 2, NUTS 3)

Geographic Unit


Unit of Analysis

Statistical/administrative unit

Kind of Data

Aggregate data

Data Collector

Norwegian Social Science Data Services  (NSD)

Mode of Data Collection

National statistics

Data Sources

<p>Mackie, T.T. 1993. United Kingdom. <em>European Journal of Political Research</em>, Vol. <b>24</b>(4), 555-562.</p>

<p>Inter-Parliamentary Union: <a target="_blank" href="">PARLINE database
 on national parliaments</a></p>
     <p>UK Parliament:  <a target="_blank" href="">Election results, UK archive</a></p>


Number of persons entitled to vote not available.

Results published for regional-level; may not be in accordance with the NUTS1-structure of later elections.

Availability Status

Data is available free of charge

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