Hemsworth by-election, 1996

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The Hemsworth by-election, 1996 was a parliamentary by-election held in England on 1 February 1996 for the House of Commons constituency of Hemsworth in West Yorkshire.

The vacancy was caused by the death of Hemsworth's Member of Parliament (MP), Derek Enright of the Labour Party. Enright, a former Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Leeds, had held the seat since a by-election in 1991.

The result was a Labour hold.

The election saw the first contest by the Socialist Labour Party, ahead of the party's official formation. Based in nearby Barnsley, the organisation just saved its deposit, with 5.4% of the vote.

Hemsworth by-election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jon Trickett 15,817 71.9 +1.1
Conservative N. Hazell 1,942 8.8 -9.8
Liberal Democrat J. Ridgeway 1,516 6.9 -3.7
Socialist Labour Brenda Nixon 1,193 5.4
Monster Raving Loony David Sutch 652 3.0
UKIP Peter Davies 455 2.1
Green Peg Alexander 157 0.7
Independent Mark Thomas 122 0.6
National Democrats Mike Cooper 111 0.5
Natural Law D. Leighton 28 0.1
Majority 13,875 63.1
Turnout 39.5
Labour hold Swing -5.43

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