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1983 United Kingdom general election

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List of MPs elected in the 1983 United Kingdom general election →

All 650 seats in the House of Commons
326 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Turnout 72.7%, Decrease3.3%
  First party Second party Third party
  Margaret Thatcher (1983).jpg Michael Foot (1981).jpg
Leader Margaret Thatcher Michael Foot
Party Conservative Labour SDP–Liberal Alliance
Leader since 11 February 1975 10 November 1980
  • 7 July 1976 (Steel)
  • 7 July 1982 (Jenkins)
Leader's seat Finchley Blaenau Gwent
  • Tweeddale, Ettrick & Lauderdale (Steel)
  • Glasgow Hillhead (Jenkins)
Last election 339 seats, 43.9% 269 seats, 36.9% 11 seats, 13.8%
Seats before 339 261 11
Seats won 397 209 23
Seat change Increase58 Decrease60 Increase12
Popular vote 13,012,316 8,456,934 7,780,949
Percentage 42.4% 27.6% 25.4%
Swing Decrease1.5% Decrease9.3% Increase11.6%

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Colours show the winning party—as shown in 1983 United Kingdom general election § Notes

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Composition of the House of Commons after the election

Prime Minister before election

Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister after election

Margaret Thatcher

A general election was held on 9 June 1983 to elect all 650 members to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party won by the largest majority since Labour in the 1945 general election. It meant that Margaret Thatcher stayed as Prime Minister.

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