Leicester South by-election, 2004

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Leicester South by-election
United Kingdom
2001 ←
15 July 2004 → 2005

    Peter Soulsby.JPG
Candidate Parmjit Singh Gill Peter Soulsby
Party Liberal Democrat Labour
Popular vote 10,274 8,620
Percentage 34.9% 29.3%

    Yvonne Ridley.png
Candidate Chris Heaton-Harris Yvonne Ridley
Party Conservative Respect
Popular vote 5,796 3,724
Percentage 19.7% 12.7%

MP before election

Jim Marshall
Labour

Subsequent MP

Parmjit Singh Gill
Liberal Democrat


A by-election was held in Leicester South on 15 July, the same day as the Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election. It was won by Parmjit Singh Gill of the Liberal Democrats, over-turning a Labour majority of 13,243 votes at the 2001 General Election.

The MP for Leicester South, Jim Marshall, from the Labour Party died on 27 May 2004, shortly before the local and European elections in June.

The seat was first won by Marshall in 1974. He lost it to the Conservative Party candidate, Derek Spencer, in the 1983 general election by 7 votes, but won it back at the 1987 election. Marshall had a large personal vote, and both the Liberal Democrat and Conservative Parties targeted the seat at the 2004 by-election. At the 2005 general election, the Liberal Democrats were unable to retain the seat and Peter Soulsby became Leicester South's MP.

The constituency is diverse, covering leafy suburbs such as Stoneygate and Knighton along with inner city areas with a strong Asian community.

Results[edit]

LibDem posters on London Road.
By-election 2004: Leicester South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Parmjit Singh Gill 10,274 34.9 17.7
Labour Sir Peter Soulsby 8,620 29.3 -25.2
Conservative Chris Heaton-Harris 5,796 19.7 -3.4
Respect Yvonne Ridley 3,724 12.7 N/A
Socialist Labour Dave Roberts 263 0.9 -0.7
Monster Raving Loony R. U. Seerius 225 0.8 N/A
Independent - Save Our Schools Pat Kennedy 204 0.7 N/A
Independent Paul Lord 186 0.6 N/A
Independent (anti-EU) Mark Edwin Benson 55 0.2 N/A
Independent (yoga and meditation) Jitendra Bardwaj 36 0.1 N/A
Independent Conservative Alan Gordon Barrett 25 0.1 N/A
Majority 1,654 5.6
Turnout 41.6
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing 21% Lab to LD

2001 Result[edit]

General Election 2001: Leicester South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Marshall 22,958 54.5 -3.5
Conservative Richard Hoile 9,715 23.1 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Parmjit Singh Gill 7,243 17.2 +3.4
Green Margaret Layton 1,217 2.9
Socialist Labour Arnie Gardner 676 1.6
UKIP Kirti Ladwa 330 0.8
Majority 13,243 31.4
Turnout 42,139 58.0

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