List of deaths of candidates during general elections of the United Kingdom
There have been eight instances of a death of a candidate during a British general election since 1918. The 1918 election was the first date at which all constituencies in the United Kingdom voted on the same day. The rules governing the procedure for dealing with the death of a candidate occur in the Representation of the People Act 1983. A candidate's death results in the election being postponed whether it is a general election or a by-election. According to the Electoral Commission, the election continues as normal if the deceased candidate was standing as an independent. The Returning Officer must be shown proof of the death and a new election is held 28 days from this date. The poll is stopped immediately even if votes are being counted. There is no requirement for candidates to re-register, a new candidate may be nominated by the party of the deceased and the other candidates may at this point withdraw from the election. Under all circumstances the deposit of the deceased candidate will be returned. The time at which the Returning Officer hears of the death is the relevant factor not the date of the death itself. The most recent candidate to die during a general election is John Boakes, the United Kingdom Independence Party candidate for Thirsk and Malton who died before the United Kingdom general election, 2010.
Deaths during elections since 1900
|Name||Election||Party||Date of death||Days before election||Age||Constituency||References|
|Lucas, F. A.F. A. Lucas||1918||Conservative||9 December 1918||3||Lambeth, Kennington|||
|White, Charles FrederickCharles Frederick White||1923||Liberal||4 December 1923||2||60||Derbyshire, West|||
|Yates, H.H. Yates||1929||Labour||27 May 1929||3||Rugby|||
|Windsor, WalterWalter Windsor*||1945||Labour||30 June 1945||6||61||Kingston upon Hull Central|||
|Fleming, EdwardEdward Fleming*||1950||Conservative||17 February 1950||6||59||Manchester Moss Side|||
|Collindridge, FrankFrank Collindridge*||1951||Labour||16 October 1951||9||60||Barnsley|||
|Harrison, JoJo Harrison||2005||Liberal Democrat||29 April 2005||5||53||South Staffordshire|||
|Boakes, JohnJohn Boakes||2010||UKIP||22 April 2010||14||63||Thirsk and Malton|| |
- notes: *= likely winner, had they lived. Replacement won in their place.
- BBC News (22 April 2010). "Thirsk and Malton candidate death delays poll date". BBC News. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2007). British electoral facts, 1832-2006 (2007 ed.). Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7546-2712-8. - Total pages: 298
- Stead, Mark (23 April 2010). "Thirsk and Malton election postponed after candidate John Boakes dies". Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- Tingle, Len (23 April 2010). "Election cancelled in Thirsk and Malton". BBC News. Retrieved 2 June 2010.