The UK General Election in 1987 was held on 11 June, and resulted in a third successive victory for the Conservative party, returning Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister for a third term – occurring only twice before in British political history. Labour made slight gains, and the failure of the Alliance of the Liberal party and the SDP quickly led to the dissolution of the union and the creation in early 1988 of the Liberal Democrats.
The BBC election results programme ran live on BBC1 from 10pm until 4am, with an analysis programme the following day with many high profile political guests, from 9am until 4pm. Hosted by David Dimbleby and supported by Sir Robin Day, John Cole and Peter Snow, reporters in the constituencies included John Stapleton, Gavin Esler, Sally Magnusson, Philip Hayton, Esther Rantzen and Gavin Campbell.
Studio and Presenter Shots
Peter Snow’s Video Wall
BBC Forecast Graphics
Martyn Lewis presents a late evening news round-up at 22.30