Caerphilly by-election, 1968

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The Caerphilly by-election of 15 June 1968 was held after the death of Labour MP Ness Edwards.

The seat was very safe, having been won by Labour at the United Kingdom general election, 1966 by over 21,000 votes[1]

Candidates[edit]

  • Labour chose Alfred Evans to defend their seat, who was a councillor
  • Nationalist party Plaid Cymru stood Philip Williams, who at the time was teaching at University College, Aberystwyth
  • The Conservatives chose Robert Williams
  • Peter Sadler was the choice of the Liberal Party association

Result of the previous general election[edit]

General Election 1966: Caerphilly
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ness Edwards 26,330 74.25
Conservative R Maddocks 5,182 14.61
Plaid Cymru J D Howell 3,949 11.41
Majority 21,148 59.64 -

Result of the by-election[edit]

By-election 1968: Caerphilly[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Evans 16,148 45.66 -28.59
Plaid Cymru Philip Williams 14,274 40.36 +29.22
Conservative Robert Williams 3,687 10.43 -4.18
Liberal Peter Sadler 1,257 3.55 N/A
Majority 1,874 5.3 -54.34
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] PoliticsResources.net
  2. ^ "1968 By Election Results". British Elections Ephemera Archive. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2015-08-21.