Brierley Hill by-election, 1967

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The Brierley Hill by-election of 29 April 1967 was held after the death of Conservative MP (MP) John Ellis Talbot:[1]

The seat was marginal, having been won by Labour during United Kingdom general election, 1950 by 4,637 votes, and the Conservatives in the preceding United Kingdom general election, 1966 by only 1,567.


  • Fergus Montgomery for the Conservatives, was a teacher and councillor in Hebburn prior to becoming Member of Parliament for Newcastle East
  • Derek Forwood was the Labour candidate. He told the Guardian newspaper in 2005 an anecdote from the Brierley Hill by-election at which then foreign secretary George Brown was subject to heckling at a hustings event[2]
  • Liberal candidate Michael Steed was lecturer in Government at Manchester University at the time of the election. His election addresses included calls to join the EEC and end the VietNam war[3]
  • Writer John Creasey nominated himself as candidate for the All Party Alliance he had created.

Result of the previous general election[edit]

General Election 1966: Brierley Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Ellis Talbot 34,026 51.18
Labour K C Rogers 32,459 48.82
Majority 1,567 2.36 -
Turnout 78.95

Result of the by-election[edit]

Brierley Hill by-election, 27 April 1967[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Montgomery 31,371 53.75 +2.57
Labour Derek Forwood 21,151 36.24 -12.58
Liberal Michael Steed 4,536 7.77 N/A
All Party Alliance John Creasey 1,305 2.24 N/A
Majority 10,220 17.51 +15.15
Conservative hold Swing


  1. ^ Full results Archived February 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Labour Conference Guardian letters page 2005
  3. ^ Liberal candidate Michael Steed Archived October 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "1967 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2015-08-20.