Bristol South East by-election, 1950

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The Bristol South East by-election, 1950 was a by-election held on 30 November 1950 for the British House of Commons constituency of Bristol South East in the city of Bristol. The seat had become vacant when the constituency's Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Sir Stafford Cripps had resigned from Parliament due to ill-health.

The Labour candidate Tony Benn held the seat for his party with a reduced majority. It was the first of four by-election victories for Benn in the course of his 45-year career in Parliament, the others being Bristol South East in 1961, Bristol South East in 1963 and Chesterfield in 1984.


Bristol South East by-election, 30th November 1950


Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hon. Anthony Neil Wedgwood-Benn 19,367 56.7 −5.9
Conservative J. L. Lindsay 12,018 35.2 +8.4
Liberal Doreen Marjorie Gorsky 2,752 8.1 −1.4
Majority 7,349 21.5 −14.3
Turnout 34,137 61.1 −23.9
Labour hold Swing −7.2

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