Caerphilly by-election, 1968

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The Caerphilly by-election of 15 June 1968 was held after the death of Labour MP (MP) Ness Edwards:[1]

The seat was very safe, having been won by Labour at the United Kingdom general election, 1966 by over 21,000 votes[2]

Candidates[edit]

  • Labour chose Alfred Evans to defend their seat, who was a councillor
  • Nationalist party Plaid Cymru stood Philip Williams, who at the time was teaching at University College, Aberystwyth
  • The Conservatives chose Robert Williams
  • Peter Sadler was the choice of the Liberal Party association

Result of the previous general election[edit]

General Election 1966: Caerphilly
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ness Edwards 26,330 74.25
Conservative R Maddocks 5,182 14.61
Plaid Cymru J D Howell 3,949 11.41
Majority 21,148 59.64 -

Result of the by-election[edit]

By-election 1968: Caerphilly
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Evans 16,148 45.66 -28.59
Plaid Cymru Philip Williams 14,274 40.36 +29.22
Conservative Robert Williams 3,687 10.43 -4.18
Liberal Peter Sadler 1,257 3.55 N/A
Majority 1,874
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full results
  2. ^ [1] PoliticsResources.net