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European Parliament election, 2004 (UK)

United Kingdom European Parliament election, 2004
United Kingdom
1999 ←
10 June 2004
→ 2009

All 78 seats from the United Kingdom to the European Parliament
  First party Second party
Leader Michael Howard Tony Blair
Party Conservative Labour
Alliance EPP–ED PES
Leader since 6 November 2003 21 July 1994
Last election 36 seats, 35.77% 29 seats, 28.03%
Seats won 27 19
Seat change Decrease 8 Decrease 6
Popular vote 4,397,090 3,718,683
Percentage 26.7% 22.6%
Swing Decrease 9% Decrease 5.4%

  Third party Fourth party
Leader Roger Knapman Charles Kennedy
Party UKIP Liberal Democrat
Alliance ID ALDE
Leader since 2002 9 August 1999
Last election 3 seats, 6.96% 10 seats, 11.9%
Seats won 12 12
Seat change Increase 10 Increase 2
Popular vote 2,650,768 2,452,327
Percentage 16.1% 14.9%
Swing Increase 9.2 Increase 2.3%

The European Parliament election, 2004 was the UK part of the European Parliament election, 2004. It was held on 10 June. It was the first European election to be held in the United Kingdom using postal-only voting in four areas. It coincided with local and London elections.

The Conservative Party and the Labour Party both polled poorly. The Conservatives, although getting a vote share 4.1% greater than Labour, still experienced their lowest vote share in a national election since 1832. Labour's vote share was its lowest since 1918. Labour's decline in votes was regarded as being largely due to widespread public dissatisfaction about the Iraq War and, as with the Conservatives, the increased popularity of the United Kingdom Independence Party.

The United Kingdom Independence Party did exceptionally well, and managed to increase its number of MEPs from 3 to 12, drawing level with the Liberal Democrats, who increased their representation from 10 to 12 seats, and pushing them into fourth place in the overall vote. UKIP received a very large increase in media coverage before the elections, partly because of the appointment of Robert Kilroy-Silk as a candidate. The actress Joan Collins also became a member and announced her support for the party.

Other minor parties also posted vote gains.

In Northern Ireland, as expected, Sinn Féin beat the SDLP in the polls and took its first Northern Ireland seat. This coincided with its winning a seat in the corresponding elections in the Republic.

Gibraltar voted for the first time, as part of the South West England region. The Conservative Party won overwhelming support there on a higher than average turnout. For full results, see European Parliament Election, 2004 (Gibraltar).

England, Scotland and Wales

  • Turnout for all the regions was 37.6% on an electorate of 45,309,760.

Source: BBC

Party Votes  % Change Seats Change Seats %
Conservative 4,397,090 26.7 −9.0 27 −8 36.0
Labour 3,718,683 22.6 −5.4 19 −6 25.3
style="width: 5px; background-color: ;" data-sort-value="United Kingdom Independence Party" | UKIP 2,650,768 16.1 +9.2 12 +10 16.0
Liberal Democrat 2,452,327 14.9 +2.3 12 +2 16.0
Green 1,033,093 6.3 0.0 2 0 2.7
BNP 808,200 4.9 +3.9 0 0 0
Respect 252,252 1.5 +1.5 0 0 0
SNP 231,505 1.4 −1.3 2 0 2.7
Plaid Cymru 159,888 1.0 −0.9 1 0 1.3
English Democrats 130,056
Liberal 96,325
Scottish Green 79,695
Scottish Socialist 61,356
Christian Peoples 56,771
Senior Citizens 42,861
Countryside Party 42,107
Pensioners 33,501
Christian Vote 21,056
ProLife Alliance 20,393
Forward Wales 17,280
Alliance for Green Socialism 13,776
Peace 12,572
Total 17,028,947 100 75 −2 100
All parties with over 10,000 votes listed.

Northern Ireland

European Parliament election 2004: Northern Ireland[1]
Party Candidate(s) Seats Loss/Gain First Preference Votes
Number  % of vote
Democratic Unionist Jim Allister 1 0 175,761 31.9
Sinn Féin Bairbre de Brún 1 +1 144,541 26.3
Ulster Unionist Jim Nicholson 1 0 91,164 16.6
SDLP Martin Morgan 0 −1 87,559 15.9
Independent John Gilliland 0 0 36,270 6.6
Socialist Environmental Eamon McCann 0 0 9,172 1.6
Green (NI) Lindsay Whitcroft 0 0 4,810 0.9
Total 549,277
Turnout 51.7

By constituency


MEPs defeated



Plaid Cymru

Party Leaders in June 2004

See also


External links


  • BBC News: Vote 2004

Other guides

  • European Election News by European Election Law Association (Eurela)
  • Guide and results at the UK Office of the European Parliament
  • Guide and links Richard Kimber's at Political Science Resources

Manifestos and documents

  • Guardian (newspaper): incomplete collection of manifestos
  • ED)
  • EGP)
  • PES)
  • ELDR)

Northern Ireland only:

  • NI – non-attached)
  • Sinn Féin
  • PES)
  • Socialist Environmental Alliance manifesto
  • ED)

Scotland only:

  • EFA)

Wales only:

  • EFA)
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