Newark by-election was a by-election in the Newark constituency of the British House of Commons, which was held on 5 June 2014, [1 ] following the resignation of [2 ] Patrick Mercer. Conservative [3 ] Robert Jenrick won the seat with a majority of 7,403.
Background [ edit ]
Mercer resigned the
Conservative Party whip on 31 May 2013 after an investigation by the BBC's programme regarding allegations of paid lobbying without registering the interest. Panorama He was paid £4,000 for asking questions in Parliament, and the [4 ] Panorama team considered that he asked five parliamentary questions, but declared only £2,000 of the £4,000. As a consequence, he said at the time that he would not stand in the [5 ] 2015 general election. [6 ]
On 29 April, after being told that the Committee on Standards would recommend that he be suspended from the
House of Commons for six months, Mercer announced that he would resign his seat: he told journalists on College Green that he was standing down from "God's county of Nottinghamshire". [3 ] Mercer was appointed [7 ] Steward and Bailiff of the Three Chiltern Hundreds on 30 April 2014, a mechanism by which MPs resign. [8 ]
The writ was moved on 1 May 2014 for the by-election to be held on 5 June.
[1 ] [9 ]
Candidates [ edit ]
The nominations closed at 4pm on Tuesday 13 May with 11 candidates being nominated.
Conservative Party had already selected Robert Jenrick to fight the seat. Jenrick trained as a solicitor and is a director of [11 ] Christie's auction house. He is married with two children.
Labour selected 27-year-old councillor Michael Payne, a former students' union president and current deputy leader of [12 ] Gedling Borough Council. [13 ]
Liberal Democrats chose David Watts, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council. [13 ]
Nigel Farage was immediately interviewed on the evening of 29 April and said he was "tempted" to stand, but the next morning he ruled himself out. [14 ] UKIP instead announced that outspoken former Conservative and current UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer [15 ] would stand in the by-election. [16 ] [17 ]
Bus Pass Elvis Party leader and perennial election candidate, David Bishop, announced on 6 May that he would stand in the by-election after taking fourth place ahead of the Liberal Democrats in a recent local authority by-election in Clifton North ward, Nottingham. [18 ]
Polling [ edit ]
Previous result [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
^ a b Britton, Alex (1 May 2014). "Newark by-election to take place on June 5". Nottingham Post . Retrieved 1 May 2014.
^ Newark and Sherwood District Council: Newark Parliamentary by-election 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014
^ a b "Former Tory MP Mercer resigns after Commons suspension". BBC News. BBC. 29 April 2014 . Retrieved 29 April 2014.
^ "Mercer aftermath: Will PM introduce new lobbying laws?". BBC News (BBC). 2 June 2013 . Retrieved 7 August 2013.
^ Nicholas Watt "MP Patrick Mercer resigns Commons seat in wake of lobbying allegations", theguardian.com, 29 April 2014
^ "Tory MP Patrick Mercer Quits The Party". Sky News. BSkyB . Retrieved 31 May 2013.
^ Nicholas Watt, "Farage considering standing in Newark", The Guardian website, 30 April 2014
^ UK Parliament website, "Patrick Mercer appointed to the Three Hundreds of Chiltern", 30 April 2014
^ "Patrick Mercer 'deliberately evaded' MPs' rules, watchdog finds", BBC News, 1 May 2014
^ "STATEMENT AS TO PERSONS NOMINATED AND NOTICE OF POLL". Newark & Sherwood.
^ Robert Jenrick, Candidate for Newark, Conservative Party website.
^ "UKIP's Nigel Farage says he will not stand in Newark poll". BBC News (BBC). 30 April 2014 . Retrieved 30 April 2014.
^ a b "Newark by-election: PM visits British Sugar". Newark Advertiser. 9 May 2014 . Retrieved 13 May 2014.
^ "Nigel Farage: Newark seat 'seriously tempting'", BBC News, 30 April 2014
- Norman Smith, "A pint with Nigel Farage as he mulled big decision", BBC News, 30 April 2014
^ Tom Payne, "Ukip MEP Roger Helmer: People should be able to dislike homosexuality like they do different types of tea", The Independent, 29 April 2014
- Adam Withnall, "Roger Helmer MEP at centre of homophobia row unveiled as Ukip candidate for Newark by-election", The Independent, 6 May 2014
^ Roger Helmer, underage girls and consent Liberal England
^ Rowena Mason and agencies, "Ukip selects candidate who argued date rape victims should take responsibility", The Guardian, 7 May 2014, p5
^ Alex Britton, "Patrick Mercer 'deliberately evaded' MPs' rules, watchdog finds", Nottingham Post, 6 May 2014
^ "Newark by-election candidate names confirmed". . 13 May 2014. BBC News
^ Returning officer's declaration, BBC television, 6 June 2014
^ "Newark". YourNextMP . Retrieved 6 April 2010.