General Election 1987

The 1987 General Election was held on 11th June. The Conservatives, with a large majority, led by Ms.Thatcher were expected to do well, Labour had gone ahead in the polls by mid-term but by the time the election was called they were again trailing and in the event only made minor inroads into the Tory majority.

The Ecology Party, now renamed The Green Party, managed to stand in 133 seats gaining 89,793 (90,004) votes. Again an increase on the previous election and the average vote share in the seats contested crept up to 1.34%

The Manifesto ran to 32 pages. It eschewed a catchy title, instead the front cover featured the following statement:

"Green Politics provides each of us with the challenge to reject the path of false technology and to recapture not some “romantic golden age”  but a truly satislfying and sustainable future for both ourselves and our earth. It is a greenprint for an age of understanding"

Inside the introduction continued:

"Many politicians have attempted to provide their own definitions of Green politics. All of a sudden ‘Green’ means fashionable. They think they can ‘capture the Green vote’ by developing policies on the rural environment.
But there is far more to Green politics than that! In this manifesto you will find well-thought—out policies on the countryside, on agriculture, on pollution amongst those on employment and economics. The difference between our policies and those of the other parties is not in our range of interests, but in our whole approach.
Our policies — all of them — acknowledge the vital importance of our whole environment. That environment -— its health, its safety, its wholeness — affects our lives, our politics, and our future, and whenever we damage the environment, we damage ourselves. Like all other forms of life, we depend for our survival and wellbeing upon a fragile network of physical, social and spiritual links with the rest of creation. Green politics is an acknowledgement of the complexity of that web of life. "

 

Constituency Green Candidate Votes Share
Ashford Charles Porter 778 1.47%
Bath Derek Wall 687 1.33%
Battersea Sonia Willington 559 1.18%
Bedfordshire South West Peter Rollings 822 1.32%
Berwick-upon-Tweed Nigel Pamphilion 379 0.90%
Birmingham Edgbaston Philip Simpson 559 1.50%
Birmingham Ladywood Joyce Millington 650 1.71%
Birmingham Selly Oak Winifred Hackett 611 1.16%
Birmingham Small Heath Alan Clawley 559 1.63%
Birmingham Sparkbrook Rex Ambler 526 1.56%
Bosworth Dinah Freer 660 1.05%
Brent East Miles Litvnoff 716 1.82%
Brentford and Isleworth Timothy Cooper 849 1.54%
Brentwood and Ongar Margaret Willis 686 1.29%
Bridlington Richard Myerscough 983 1.67%
Bristol South Glenn Vowles 600 1.18%
Bristol West Gundula Dorey 1096 2.02%
Bury St. Edmunds Ida Wakelam 1057 1.86%
Caithness and Sutherland (Scot.) Bernard Planterose 333 1.45%
Cambridge Margaret Wright 597 1.10%
Canterbury Steve Dawe 947 1.68%
Carmarthen (Wales) Graham Oubridge 481 0.89%
Carshalton and Wallington Robert Steel 843 1.63%
Ceredigion & Pembroke North (Wales) Marylin Wakefield 821 1.70%
Chelmsford Anthony Slade 486 0.72%
Chelsea Niki Kortvelyessy 587 2.06%
Chesham and Amersham Ann Darnbrough 760 1.37%
Chichester Ian Bagnall 1196 1.98%
Chingford Elizabeth Newton 634 1.46%
Chorley Anthony Holgate 714 1.18%
Colne Valley Mark Mullany 614 1.09%
Copeland Robert Gibson 319 0.72%
Coventry South East Neil Hutchinson 479 1.27%
Croydon South Paul Baldwin 900 1.88%
Derby North Eric Wall 291 0.54%
Devon West and Torridge Frank Williamson 1168 1.99%
Dulwich Alex Goldie 432 1.11%
Dumfries (Scot.) Paul Thomas 349 0.78%
Ealing North Katrin Fitzherbert 577 1.07%
East Lothian (Scot.) Angus Marland 451 0.88%
Eastbourne Ruth Addison 867 1.55%
Eddisbury Andrew Basden 976 1.69%
Edinburgh Central (Scot.) Linda Hendry 438 1.07%
Edinburgh South (Scot.) Ruth Clark 440 0.91%
Enfield North Eric Chantler 644 1.24%
Enfield Southgate Stephen Rooney 696 1.44%
Epping Forest Richard Denhard 695 1.34%
Exeter Raymond Vail 597 0.98%
Fulham Janet Grimes 465 1.11%
Glasgow Central (Scot.) Andrew Brooks 290 0.86%
Glasgow Hillhead (Scot.) Alastair Whitelaw 443 1.06%
Glasgow Maryhill (Scot.) David Spaven 539 1.53%
Glasgow Pollok (Scot.) Derek Fogg 362 0.98%
Grantham Patricia Hewis 700 1.18%
Greenwich Jacqueline Thomas 346 0.93%
Hackney North & Stoke Newington David John FitzPatrick 997 2.57%
Hammersmith David Kirk 453 1.29%
Hazel Grove Freda Chapman 346 0.64%
Hertford and Stortford Graham Cole 814 1.39%
Hexham Sheila Wood 336 0.74%
Hornsey and Wood Green Peter S.I. Lang 1154 1.95%
Horsham Terence Metheringham 1383 2.21%
Huddersfield Nicholas Harvey 638 1.27%
Huntingdon William Lavin 874 1.37%
Hyndburn Frank Smith 297 0.61%
Islington North Christopher Ashby 1131 2.89%
Islington South and Finsbury Peter Powell 382 0.93%
Kensington Roger Shorter 528 1.69%
Kincardine and Deeside (Scot.) Louise Perica 299 0.63%
Lancaster Peter Jones 473 1.04%
Leeds North East Claire Nash 416 0.85%
Leeds North West A. Stevens 663 1.28%
Leicester South Brian Fewster 390 0.69%
Leicestershire North West Helen Michetschlager 570 0.97%
Leominster Felicity Norman 1102 2.03%
Lewes Andrew Sherwood 970 1.72%
Lewisham Deptford ??? 568 1.50%
Londonderry East (N.I.) Malcolm Samuel (as Ecology) 281 0.58%
Loughborough Rama P. Gupta 656 1.12%
Maidstone Penelope Kemp 717 1.29%
Manchester Withington Michael Abberton 524 1.04%
Medway June Rosser 504 1.08%
Midlothian (Scot.) Ian Smith 412 0.88%
Milton Keynes (NE) Alan Francis 810 1.09%
Newcastle upon Tyne Central Richard Bird 418 0.91%
Newham North West Varyah De Grandis-Harrison 497 1.76%
Norfolk North Michael Filgate 960 1.78%
Northampton North Michael Green 471 0.91%
Northampton South Margaret Hamilton 647 1.13%
Nuneaton John Morrissey 719 1.31%
Orkney and Shetland (Scot.) Grierson Collister 389 1.82%
Oxford East Dave Dalton 441 0.90%
Oxford West and Abingdon Donald Smith 695 1.28%
Peckham Doreen Robinson 628 1.91%
Peterborough Nigel Callaghan 506 0.82%
Plymouth Drake Tracey Barber 493 1.26%
Putney Simon Desorgher 508 1.06%
Reading East Philip Unsworth 667 1.26%
Reading West E.P. Wilson 542 1.07%
Reigate Graham Brand 1026 1.97%
Richmond and Barnes Christina Matthews 610 1.34%
Romford Frederick Gibson 385 0.95%
Rushcliffe Heather Wright 991 1.70%
Saffron Walden George Hannah 816 1.41%
Sheffield Hallam Leela Spencer 459 0.83%
Shipley Colin Harris 507 0.93%
Shrewsbury and Atcham Geoff Hardy 660 1.21%
Skipton and Ripon Linda Williams 825 1.47%
South Hams Christopher Titmuss 1178 1.91%
Southport Justin Walker 653 1.20%
St. Albans Elaine Field 788 1.30%
Stockport Michael Shipley 573 1.22%
Suffolk Coastal James Holloway 1049 1.78%
Sunderland South Douglas Jacques 516 0.97%
Surbiton Jean Vidler 465 1.31%
Surrey East David Newell 1044 2.27%
Swansea West (Wales) Julie Harman 469 1.03%
Thanet North David Condor 996 1.98%
Tooting Monica Vickery 621 1.28%
Torfaen (Wales) Melvin Witherden 450 0.99%
Tottenham Darren Nicholls 744 1.48%
Twickenham David Batchelor 746 1.42%
Uxbridge Ian Flindall 549 1.14%
Vauxhall Henry Bewley 770 1.81%
Warwick and Leamington Janet Alty 1214 2.19%
Westminster North David Stutchfield 450 1.07%
Weston-super-Mare Richard Lawson 2067 3.58%
Winchester Julie Patricia Walker 565 0.92%
Windsor and Maidenhead P Gordon 711 1.19%
Wirral West David Burton 806 1.63%
Woodspring B.R. Keeble 1208 2.00%
Worcestershire South Guy Woodford 1089 1.87%
Wyre Arthur Brown 874 1.73%
York Alan Dunnett 637 1.02%
    90,034 1.35%

Richard Lawson in Weston-super-Mare gained both the largest number of votes (2,067) and share (3.58%). Nowhere else gained over 3% or 2,000 votes. In votes the next best was Horsham with 1,383 (2.21%). Ten constituencies gained over 2% share - Woodspring 2.0%, Bristol West 2.02%, Leominster 2.03%, Chelsea 2.06%, Warwick & Leamington 2.19%, Horsham 2.21%, Surrey East 2.27%, Hackney North & Stoke Newington 2.57%, Islington North 2.89%.

The best results were concentrated in the South of England.

 

 

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