Leicester (European Parliament constituency)

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom

The constituency of Leicester was one of them.


1979-1984: Carlton, Leicester East, Leicester South, Leicester West, Melton, Newark, Rushcliffe.

1984-1994: Bosworth, Leicester East, Leicester South, Leicester West, Loughborough, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton, Rutland and Melton.

1994-1999: Harborough, Leicester East, Leicester South, Leicester West, Loughborough, Rutland and Melton, Stamford and Spalding.

Members of the European Parliament

Elected Name Party
1979 Fred Tuckman Conservative
1989 Mel Read Labour
1994 Susan Waddington Labour


European elections 1994: Leicester[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Susan Waddington 87,048 44.9 +12.0
Conservative A. Marshall 66,764 34.4 -13.8
Liberal Democrats Mark D. Jones 28,890 14.9 -2.9
Green Geoff Forse 8,941 4.6 New
Natural Law Ms. P.A. Saunders 2,283 1.2 New
Majority 20,284 10.5
Turnout 193,926 37.6
Labour hold Swing