Christchurch by-election, 1993

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A by-election was held in the British House of Commons constituency of Christchurch on 29 July 1993 following the death of sitting Conservative MP Robert Adley.

The result was a gain for the Liberal Democrats, notable for the swing necessary to take such a strong Conservative seat, gaining more than 60% of the votes cast and winning practically twice as many votes as the Conservatives. As of May 2012, the swing of 35.4% remains the fourth largest by-election swing in British political history (the Bermondsey by-election in 1983 being the largest).

At the time, it was not necessary for candidates in British elections to register party names or ballot paper descriptions. Details on candidates at this election are taken from the official count [1] and David Boothroyd's election results site [2]

Christchurch by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Diana Maddock 33,164 62.2 +38.6
Conservative Robert Hayward 16,737 31.4 -32.2
Labour Nigel Lickley 1,453 2.7 -9.4
Anti-Federalist League Alan Sked 878 1.6
Monster Raving Loony David Sutch 404 0.8
Independent Conservative Andrew Bannon 357 0.7
Sack Graham Taylor Peter Newman 80 0.2
Buy the Daily Sport Tara Bardot-Jackson 67 0.1
Save the National Health Service Peter A. Hollyman 60 0.1
Highlander IV Wednesday Promotion John Crockard 48 0.1
Natural Law Mark Griffiths 45 0.1 -0.3
Ian For King Mark Belcher 23 0.0
Alfred The Chicken Karl Fitzhugh 18 0.0
Rainbow Alliance John Walley 16 0.0
Majority 16,427 30.8
Turnout 74.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing 35.4

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  1. ^ YouTube video
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election results 1983-97: English Counties

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