Liberal Democrats and Others

  • David Butler
  • Dennis Kavanagh


The Liberal Democrats were disappointed to emerge from the 1992 election with only 18 per cent of the vote and 20 seats. They had not made the gains they had hoped for and they had not secured the balance of power that had seemed likely during the campaign. Yet they were also relieved: there had been no wipe-out. The party was united and solvent and content with its leader, Paddy Ashdown. They had a strong and growing base in local government. They continued to flourish as the prime receptacle for those disillusioned with the other parties.


Party Member Party Candidate British People Liberal Democrat Welsh Language 
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© David Butler and Dennis Kavanagh 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Dennis Kavanagh
    • 2
  1. 1.OxfordUK
  2. 2.University of LiverpoolUK

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