Comprising the 44 parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire together with the unitary authorities of Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Rutland.
At the 1997 general election, Labour won 30 seats and the Conservatives 14. The East Midlands displays a pattern of political behaviour not dissimilar to that of England as a whole. The Conservatives comfortably 'won' the region in 1992 only for Labour to sweep into a commanding lead in 1997.
The swing from Conservative to Labour between 1992-97 was 11% compared to a national average of 10.7%. It has been one of the Liberal Democrats' weaker regions; their best performance being 15.3% in 1992.