Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election, 1995
A by-election was called in the constituency of Littleborough and Saddleworth in Greater Manchester, England, on 27 July 1995 following the death of Conservative Party MP Geoffrey Dickens on 17 May of that year.
The contest was a win for the Liberal Democrat candidate Chris Davies. The result was notable as the defending party dropped from first to third place, something which has not (as of July 2014) happened since in a UK by-election.
The second-placed Labour candidate, Phil Woolas, defeated Davies at the 1997 General Election in the successor seat of Oldham East and Saddleworth. He held the seat until 2010. Davies went on to represent the North West England region in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014.
|Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election 1995|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Davies||16,231||38.5||+2.7|
|Monster Raving Loony||Screaming Lord Sutch||782||1.9|
|Socialist (GB)||Andrew Pitts||46||0.1|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing|
Notes on candidates
- Mr Blobby was a character on the British television show Noel's House Party. The candidate had changed his name from John McLagan for the purposes of the election. (Source)
- The candidate L. McLaren used the party description "Probity for Imposed Candidates"
- Littleborough and Saddleworth (UK Parliament constituency)
- Oldham East and Saddleworth (UK Parliament constituency)
- List of United Kingdom by-elections