Stafford by-election, 1984
Fraser was educated at Ampleforth College, Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union, and at the Sorbonne. He was commissioned into the Lovat Scouts in 1936 and during World War II saw service in North Africa and Europe; he retired in the 1950s with the rank of Major.
Four candidates were nominated. The list below is set out in descending order of the number of votes received at the by-election.
1. The Conservative candidate was William Nigel Paul Cash (born on 10 May 1940), a solicitor.
He has served continuously in the House of Commons since winning the by-election (as of May 2011). Cash represented Stafford, until boundary changes took effect in 1997. Since then he has been returned as MP for Stone.
2. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, representing the SDP-Liberal Alliance, was David Joseph Dunn. He was a senior lecturer in International Relations, at the time of the by-election. He was born in 1946 and had contested the seat in the 1983 general election.
3. Michael John David Poulter was the Labour candidate. He worked as a senior probation officer and was born in 1942. He contested Stafford and Stone in 1979 and this constituency in 1983.
4. Christopher David Teasdale was an Independent, using the ballot paper label "Soon to be unemployed".
|1984 by-election: Stafford|
|Social Democratic||David Dunn||14,733||31.8||+7.1|
- Britain Votes/Europe Votes By-Election Supplement 1983-, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1985)