Hamilton by-election, 1978

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There was a by-election for the United Kingdom House of Commons in Hamilton on Wednesday 31 May 1978. It was caused by the death of the incumbent Labour Party Member of Parliament Alex Wilson on 23 March of that year.

The by-election was the last in the UK to date not held on a Thursday. This was because the opening game of the 1978 FIFA World Cup was on Thursday 1 June.[citation needed]

The Labour candidate was George Robertson, who defeated a strong SNP candidate Margo MacDonald, with an increased majority.

It was one of a series of significant Labour victories over the SNP in 1978 which halted their rise at that time.

Hamilton by-election, 1978[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Robertson 18,880 51.0
SNP Margo MacDonald 12,388 33.4
Conservative Alexander Scrymgeour 4,818 13.0
Liberal Frederick McDermid 949 2.6
Majority 7,570 20.4
Turnout 37,035
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1978 By Elections, British Parliamentary By Elections