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General Elections 1987

Britains first black MPs for nearly 50 years were elected when four black candidates were elected on 11 June 1987. The four, all Labour, were: Paul Boateng (Brent South), Bernie Grant (Tottenham), Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington) and Keith Vaz (Leicester East). The three London MPs were all elected in safe Labour seats but with considerably reduced majorities. In Leicester East, however, Keith Vaz won with a swing of almost 9.5 per cent from Conservatives.

The four new MPs said that they would work together as a caucus within the left-wing Campaign Group on issues affecting ethnic minorities.

In this election Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party to their third consecutive term of office.

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