• David Butler
  • Dennis Kavanagh


Mrs Thatcher’s victory, giving her a third term in 10 Downing Street will stand out in history. Although the Conservatives lost a net 20 seats compared to 1983, their final majority of 102 over all other parties was the second largest since 1945. Mrs Thatcher became the first leader since Lord Liverpool in the 1820s to win three elections in a row. Harold Wilson scored more victories, but two of his four successes (1966 and October 1974) were essentially the second stages of an earlier narrow outcome.


Electoral System Vote Behaviour Opinion Poll Labour Party Conservative Party 
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© David Butler and Dennis Kavanagh 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Dennis Kavanagh
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.University of NottinghamUK

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