Cambridge (UK Parliament constituency) election results

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This is a list of the complete election results of the Cambridge parliamentary constituency from 1754 to the present.

Elections in the 1750s[edit]

General Election 1754
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Hon. Thomas Bromley Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Whig hold Swing
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the succession to the peerage of Thomas Bromley.

Cambridge by-election, 13 January 1755
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Charles Sloane Cadogan Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, to office.

Cambridge by-election, 22 December 1755
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, to office.

Cambridge by-election, 31 January 1758
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the succession to the peerage Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin.

Cambridge by-election, 29 November 1758
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Charles Sloane Cadogan Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Whig hold Swing

Elections in the 1760s[edit]

General Election 1761
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Soame Jenyns Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Charles Sloane Cadogan Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory gain from Whig Swing N/A
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of Charles Sloane Cadogan to office.

Cambridge by-election, 23 April 1764
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Charles Sloane Cadogan Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Whig hold Swing
General Election 1768
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Soame Jenyns Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Charles Sloane Cadogan Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of Charles Sloane Cadogan to office.

Cambridge by-election, 15 May 1769
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Charles Sloane Cadogan Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Whig hold Swing

Elections in the 1770s[edit]

General Election 1774
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Soame Jenyns 92
Whig Charles Sloane Cadogan 89
Whig Thomas Plumer Byde 63
Nonpartisan Samuel Meeke 60
Majority 29
Majority 26
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the elevation to the peerage of Charles Sloane Cadogan.

Cambridge by-election, 7 November 1776
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Nonpartisan Benjamin Keene 101
Whig Thomas Plumer Byde 34
Majority 67
Registered electors c.150
Nonpartisan hold Swing

Elections in the 1780s[edit]

General Election 1780
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory James Whorwood Adeane 96
Nonpartisan Benjamin Keene 83
Whig Christopher Potter 18
Majority 78
Majority 65
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing
Nonpartisan hold Swing
General Election 1784
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory James Whorwood Adeane Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory John Mortlock Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing
Tory gain from Nonpartisan Swing N/A

By-election triggered by the appointment of John Mortlock to office.

Cambridge by-election, 29 May 1788
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Francis Dickins 41
Whig Thomas Adams 7
Majority 34
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of James Whorwood Adeane to office.

Cambridge by-election, 11 May 1789
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Edward Finch Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing

Elections in the 1790s[edit]

General Election 1790: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Hon. Edward Finch Unopposed N/A
Tory Francis Dickins Unopposed N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A

By-election triggered by the simultaneous election of Francis Dickins for Northamptonshire, and his decision to sit for that constituency instead of Cambridge.

Cambridge by-election, 12 February 1791
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Robert Manners Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing
General Election 1796: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Hon. Edward Finch Unopposed N/A
Tory Robert Manners Unopposed N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 19th century[edit]

By-election triggered by the appointment of Robert Manners as First Equerry and Clerk Marshal of the Mews.

Cambridge by-election, 9 February 1801
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Robert Manners Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing
General Election 1802: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Hon. Edward Finch Unopposed N/A
Tory Robert Manners Unopposed N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
General Election 1806: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Hon. Edward Finch Unopposed N/A
Tory Robert Manners Unopposed N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
General Election 1807: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Hon. Edward Finch Unopposed N/A
Tory Robert Manners Unopposed N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1810s[edit]

General Election 1812: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Hon. Edward Finch Unopposed N/A
Tory Robert Manners Unopposed N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
General Election 1818: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Hon. Edward Finch 76 N/A
Tory Robert Manners 76 N/A
Whig Henry John Adeane 56 N/A
Majority 20 N/A
Majority 20 N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A

By-election triggered by the resignation of the Hon. Edward Finch.

Cambridge by-election, 3 December 1819
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Frederick William Trench Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.150
Tory hold Swing

Elections in the 1820s[edit]

General Election 1820: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Frederick William Trench 37
Tory Charles Madryll Cheere 37
Whig Henry John Adeane 18
Whig George Pryme 16
Majority 19
Majority 19
Registered electors c.160
Tory hold Swing
Tory hold Swing

By-election triggered by the death of Charles Madryl Cheere.

Cambridge by-election, 4 February 1825: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Marquess of Graham Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.160
Tory hold Swing
General Election 1826: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Marquess of Graham 24
Tory Frederick William Trench 23
Whig George Pryme 4
Majority 20
Majority 19
Registered electors c.160
Tory hold Swing
Tory hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of the Marquess of Graham as Commander of the Board of Control.

Cambridge by-election, 8 February 1828: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Marquess of Graham Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.160
Tory hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of Frederick William Trench as Storekeeper of Ordnance.

Cambridge by-election, 9 June 1829: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Frederick William Trench Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.160
Tory hold Swing

Elections in the 1830s[edit]

General Election 1830: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Marquess of Graham Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory Frederick William Trench Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.160
Tory hold Swing
Tory hold Swing
General Election 1831: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Marquess of Graham Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory Frederick William Trench Unopposed N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A N/A
Registered electors c.160
Tory hold Swing
Tory hold Swing
General Election 1832: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Spring Rice 979
Whig George Pryme 709
Tory Sir Edward Sugden 540
Majority 439
Majority 169
Registered electors 1,499
Whig gain from Tory Swing
Whig gain from Tory Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of Thomas Spring Rice as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.

Cambridge by-election, 13 June 1834
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Spring Rice 615
Tory Sir Edward Sugden 590
Majority 25
Registered electors 1,482
Whig hold Swing
General Election 1835: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Spring Rice 736
Whig George Pryme 693
Tory James Lewis Knight 688
Majority 48
Majority 5
Registered electors 1,482
Whig hold Swing
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of Thomas Spring Rice as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Cambridge by-election, 27 April 1835
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Spring Rice Unopposed N/A N/A
Registered electors N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A
General Election 1837: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Spring Rice 690
Whig George Pryme 678
Tory James Lewis Knight 614
Tory John Manners-Sutton 599
Majority 76
Majority 64
Registered electors 1,698
Whig hold Swing
Whig hold Swing

By-election triggered by the elevation to the peerage of Thomas Spring Rice as Lord Monteagle of Brandon.

Cambridge by-election, 6 September 1839
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory John Manners-Sutton 717
Whig T.M. Gibson 617
Majority 100
Registered electors 1,698
Tory gain from Whig Swing

Elections in the 1840s[edit]

Previous by-election declared void on petition.

Cambridge by-election, 23 May 1840
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Sir Alexander Cray Grant, Bt. 736
Whig Thomas Starkie 657
Majority 79
Registered electors 1,857
Tory hold Swing
General Election 1841: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Hon. John Manners-Sutton 758
Tory Sir Alexander Cray Grant, Bt. 722
Whig R. Foster 695
Whig Lord Cosmo Russell 656
Majority 63
Majority 27
Registered electors 1,940
Tory gain from Whig Swing
Tory hold Swing

By-election triggered by the resignation of Sir Alexander Cray Grant, Bt.

Cambridge by-election, 21 March 1843
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Fitzroy Kelly 713
Whig R. Foster 680
Majority 33
Registered electors 1,904
Tory hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of Fitzroy Kelly as Solicitor-General.

Cambridge by-election, 16 July 1845
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Fitzroy Kelly 746
Whig Robert Adair 729
Majority 17
Registered electors 1,904
Tory hold Swing
General Election 1847: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Robert Adair 811
Whig Hon. William Campbell 727
Tory Hon. John Manners-Sutton 465
Majority 346
Majority 262
Registered electors 1,834
Whig gain from Tory Swing
Whig gain from Tory Swing

Elections in the 1850s[edit]

General Election, 1852: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Kenneth Macaulay 821
Tory John Harvey Astell 803
Whig Robert Adair 737
Whig Francis Mowatt 673
Majority 84
Majority 66
Turnout
Tory gain from Whig Swing
Tory gain from Whig Swing

Previous election declared void on petition.

Cambridge by-election, 18 August 1854: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Robert Adair 758
Whig Francis Mowatt 733
Tory Viscount Maidstone 708
Tory F.W. Slade 696
Majority 50
Majority 25
Turnout
Whig gain from Tory Swing
Whig gain from Tory Swing
General Election, 1857: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Kenneth Macaulay 770
Tory Andrew Steuart 735
Whig Robert Adair 729
Whig John Tomlinson Hibbert 702
Majority 41
Majority 6
Turnout
Tory gain from Whig Swing
Tory gain from Whig Swing
General Election, 1859: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Kenneth Macaulay 753
Tory Andrew Steuart 750
Liberal Hon. Edward Twistleton 683
Liberal Francis Mowatt 669
Majority 70
Majority 67
Turnout
Tory hold Swing
Tory hold Swing

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

Resignation of Andrew Steuart.

Cambridge by-election, 12 February 1863: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Francis Powell 708
Liberal Henry Fawcett 627
Majority 81
Turnout
Tory hold Swing
General Election, 1865: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory William Forsyth 762
Tory Francis Powell 760
Liberal Robert Torrens 726
Liberal William Dougal Christie 725
Majority 36
Majority 34
Turnout
Tory hold Swing
Tory hold Swing

Election of William Forsyth declared void on petition, due to his holding an office of profit under the Crown.

Cambridge by-election, 24 April 1866: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory John Eldon Gorst 774
Liberal Robert Torrens 755
Majority 19
Turnout
Tory hold Swing
General Election, 1868: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Robert Torrens 1,879
Liberal William Fowler 1,857
Tory Francis Powell 1,436
Tory John Eldon Gorst 1,389
Majority 443
Majority 421
Turnout
Liberal gain from Tory Swing
Liberal gain from Tory Swing

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General Election, 1874: Cambridge (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alfred Marten 1,856
Conservative Patrick Boyle Smollett 1,794
Liberal William Fowler 1,774
Liberal Sir Robert Torrens 1,738
Majority 82
Majority 20
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

William Fowler
General Election, 1880: Cambridge - (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Fowler 2,386
Liberal Hugh Shield 2,326
Conservative Alfred Marten 2,003
Conservative Patrick Boyle Smollett 1,902
Majority 383
Majority 323
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

After 1885, Cambridge returned only one Member of Parliament

General Election, 1885: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Uniacke-Penrose-Fitzgerald 2,846 51.0
Liberal William Fowler 2,739 49.0
Majority 107 2.0
Turnout 5,585 90.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election, 1886: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Uniacke-Penrose-Fitzgerald 2,937 54.2
Liberal C.J.S. Dodd 2,479 45.8
Majority 458 8.4
Turnout 5,416 87.5
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

R.C. Lehmann
General Election, 1892: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Uniacke-Penrose-Fitzgerald 3,299 52.0
Liberal Rudolph Chambers Lehmann 3,044 48.0
Majority 255 4.0
Turnout 6,343 86.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, 1895: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Uniacke-Penrose-Fitzgerald 3,574 55.0
Liberal A.J. David 2,920 45.0
Majority 654 10.0
Turnout 6,494 83.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 20th century[edit]

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election, 1900: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Robert Uniacke-Penrose-Fitzgerald Unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Buckmaster
General Election 1906: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Stanley Owen Buckmaster 4,232 51.89
Conservative Almeric Hugh Paget 3,924 48.11
Majority 308 3.78
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Turnout

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election, January 1910: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Almeric Hugh Paget 4,667 53.35
Liberal Stanley Owen Buckmaster 4,081 46.65
Majority 586 6.70
Turnout 8,748 93.14
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election, December 1910: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Almeric Hugh Paget 4,427 52.02
Liberal Stanley Owen Buckmaster 4,084 47.98
Majority 343 4.03
Turnout 8,511 90.62
Conservative hold Swing

By-election triggered by the resignation of Almeric Paget

Sir Eric Geddes
Cambridge by-election, 1917
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Eric Campbell Geddes Unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1918: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 11,553 75.30 n/a
Labour Rev. Thomas Rhondda Williams 3,789 24.70 n/a
Majority 7,764 50.61 n/a
Turnout 15,342 60.95 n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

By-election triggered by the resignation of Sir Eric Geddes

Cambridge by-election, 1922
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir George Douglas Cochrane Newton 10,897 48.7 −26.6
Labour Edward Hugh John Neale Dalton 6,954 31.1 +6.4
Liberal Sydney Cope Morgan 4,529 20.2 N/A
Majority 3,943 17.6
Turnout 80.4 +19.6
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1922: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir George Douglas Cochrane Newton 11,238 48.7
Liberal Sydney Cope Morgan 7,005 30.4
Labour Alec Sandy Firth 4,810 20.9
Majority 4,233
Turnout 81.2
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Cambridge [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir George Douglas Cochrane Newton 9,814 42.0 -6.7
Liberal Sydney Cope Morgan 7,852 33.5 +3.1
Labour Alec Sandy Firth 5,741 24.5 +3.6
Majority 1,962 8.5 -9.8
Turnout 80.9 -0.3
Unionist hold Swing -4.9
General Election 1924: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir George Douglas Cochrane Newton 12,628 52.53
Labour Alec Sandy Firth 6,744 28.05
Liberal Frank Reyner Salter 4,670 19.42
Majority 5,884 24.47
Turnout 24,042 81.85
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir George Douglas Cochrane Newton 13,867 43.2 -9.3
Labour David Rennie Hardman 10,116 31.5 +3.5
Liberal Sir Percy Maurice Maclardie Sheldon Amos 8,124 25.3 +5.9
Majority 3,751 11.7 -12.8
Turnout 32,107 79.8 -2.0
Unionist hold Swing -6.4

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir George Douglas Cochrane Newton 23,347 73.19
Labour Alexander Wood 8,552 26.81
Majority 14,795 46.38
Turnout 31,899 75.62
Conservative hold Swing

By-election triggered by the elevation to the peerage of Sir George Newton as Baron Eltisley

Cambridge by-election, 1934
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Lionel Tufnell 14,896 51.2 -22.0
Labour Alexander Wood 12,176 41.8 +15.0
Liberal Dugald Macfadyen 2,023 7.0 n/a
Majority 2,720 9.4 -37.0
Turnout 29,095 69.0 -6.6
Conservative hold Swing -18.5
General Election 1935: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Lionel Tufnell 18,927 58.48
Labour Alexander Wood 13,436 41.52
Majority 5,491 16.97
Turnout 32,363 73.22
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Leslie Symonds 19,671 50.88
Conservative Richard Lionel Tufnell 18,989 49.12
Majority 682 1.76
Turnout 38,660 69.16
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hamilton William Kerr 25,151 49.5
Labour Arthur Leslie Symonds 20,297 39.9
Liberal Frances Louise Josephy 5,355 10.5
Majority 4,854 9.55
Turnout 50,83 86.48
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1951: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hamilton William Kerr 26,570 52.4
Labour Arthur Leslie Symonds 20,893 41.2
Liberal Frances Louise Josephy 3,257 6.4
Majority 5,677 11.19
Turnout 50,720 84.44
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hamilton William Kerr 27,059 57.56
Labour Arthur Leslie Symonds 19,932 42.44
Majority 7,127 15.12
Turnout 47,012 78.53
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Hamilton William Kerr 24,350 51.06
Labour Robert Malcolm Deryck Davies 17,543 36.79
Liberal Arnold Geoffroy de Montmorency 5,792 12.15
Majority 6,807 14.27
Turnout 47,685 79.81
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Hamilton William Kerr 20,720 43.37
Labour Robert Malcolm Deryck Davies 19,331 40.46
Liberal Dr. Michael O'Loughlin 7,723 16.17
Majority 1,389 2.91 -
Turnout 47,774 79.14
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Malcolm Deryck Davies 21,963 45.47
Conservative David William Stennis Stuart Lane 20,972 43.42
Liberal Dr. Michael O'Loughlin 4,928 10.20
Independent P. King 439 0.91 N/A
Majority 991 2.05 -
Turnout 48,302 80.00
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

By-election triggered by the death of Robert Davies.

Cambridge by-election, 1967[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David William Stennis Stuart Lane 20,488 51.61 +8.19
Labour George Scurfield 14,510 36.55 -8.92
Liberal David Spreckley 4,701 11.84 +1.64
Majority 5,978 15.06
Turnout 39,699 65.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David William Stennis Stuart Lane 26,252 55.33
Labour George Scurfield 21,191 44.67
Majority 5,061 10.67 +6.3
Turnout 47,443 72.37
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David William Stennis Stuart Lane 24,119 40.59
Labour James Curran 19,443 32.72
Liberal Dr. Michael O'Loughlin 15,491 26.07
Independent S.E. Inkster 369 0.62 N/A
Majority 4,676 7.87 -1.3
Turnout 59,422 78.77
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David William Stennis Stuart Lane 21,790 41.25 +0.66
Labour James Curran 19,017 36 +3.28
Liberal Dr. Michael O'Loughlin 11,129 21.07 -5
United Democratic Party Christopher J. Curry 885 1.68 N/A
Majority 2,773 5.25 -2.62
Turnout 52,811 69.55 -9.22
Conservative hold Swing

By-election triggered by the appointment of David Lane as Director of the Commission for Racial Equality

Cambridge by-election, 1976
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Rhodes James 19,620 51.03 +9.78
Labour Martin Smith 9,995 25.99 -10.01
Liberal Dr. Michael O'Loughlin 7,051 18.34 -2.73
Independent James Sharpe 711 1.85 N/A
National Front Jeremy Wotherspoon 700 1.82 N/A
Science Fiction Looney Philip Sargent 374 0.97 N/A
Majority 9,625 25.03
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1979: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Rhodes James 25,568 45.71
Labour Martin Smith 20,772 37.14
Liberal John Wakelin 9,285 16.60
National Front Derek Holland 311 0.56
Majority 4,796 8.57
Turnout 55,936 72.02
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Rhodes James 20,931 41.5
Social Democratic Matthew Alan Oakeshott 14,963 29.7
Labour Janet Jones 14,240 28.2
Monster Raving Loony J. Dougrez-Lewis 286 0.6
Majority 5,968 11.8
Turnout 50,420 75.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1987: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Rhodes James 21,624 40.0 -1.5
Social Democratic Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams 16,564 30.6 +0.9
Labour Christopher Howard 15,319 28.3 +0.1
Green Margaret Elizabeth Wright 597 1.1
Majority 5,060 9.4 -2.4
Turnout 54,104 78.0 +2.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Campbell 20,039 39.7
Conservative Mark Bishop 19,459 38.5
Liberal Democrat David Ross Howarth 10,037 19.9
Green Tim Cooper 720 1.4
Monster Raving Loony Richard Brettell-Winnington 175 0.3
Natural Law Roger Chalmers 83 0.2
Majority 580 1.1
Turnout 50,513 73.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1997: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Campbell 27,436 53.4 +13.7
Conservative David Platt 13,299 25.9 -12.6
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Heathcock 8,287 16.1 -3.8
Referendum William J.S. Burrows 1,262 2.5 N/A
Green Margaret Elizabeth Wright 654 1.3 -0.1
ProLife Alliance Anna Johnstone 191 0.4 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Raymond J. Athow 107 0.2 N/A
Natural Law M. L. Patrice Gladwin 103 0.2 =
Majority 14,137 27.5 +26.4
Turnout 51,339 71.5 -1.7
Labour hold Swing =13.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Campbell 19,316 45.1 −8.3
Liberal Democrat David Howarth 10,737 25.1 +8.9
Conservative Graham Charles Stuart 9,829 22.9 −3.0
Green Stephen Roger Lawrence 1,413 3.3 +2.0
Socialist Alliance Howard Andrew Senter 716 1.7 N/A
UKIP Arthur Leonard Baynes 532 1.2 N/A
ProLife Alliance Mrs. Clare Joan Therese Underwood 232 0.5 +0.2
Workers Revolutionary Miss Margaret Mary Courtney 61 0.1 −0.1
Majority 8,579 20.0 −7.5
Turnout 42,836 60.6 −10.9
Labour hold Swing −8.6
General Election 2005: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Howarth 19,152 44.0 +18.9
Labour Anne Campbell 14,813 34.0 −11.1
Conservative Ian Lyon 7,193 16.5 −6.4
Green Martin Lucas-Smith 1,245 2.9 −0.4
UKIP Helene Davies 569 1.3 +0.1
Respect Tom Woodcock 477 1.1 N/A
Independent Suzon Forscey-Moore 60 0.1 N/A
Independent Graham Wilkinson 60 0.1 N/A
Majority 4,339 10.0
Turnout 43,569 62.1 +1.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +15.0

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Cambridge[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert 19,621 39.1 −5.6
Conservative Nick Hillman 12,829 25.6 +8.3
Labour Daniel Zeichner 12,174 24.3 −8.2
Green Tony Juniper 3,804 7.6 +4.7
UKIP Peter Burkinshaw 1,195 2.4 +1.0
Cambridge Socialists Martin Booth 362 0.7 N/A
Independent Old Holborn 145 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,792 13.5
Turnout 50,130 65.0 +6.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing −7.0
General Election 2015: Cambridge[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Daniel Zeichner 18,646 36.0 +11.7
Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert 18,047 34.9 −4.3
Conservative Chamali Fernando 8,117 15.7 −9.9
Green Rupert Read 4,109 7.9 +0.3
UKIP Patrick O'Flynn 2,668 5.2 +2.8
Rebooting Democracy Keith Garrett 187 0.4 N/A
Majority 599 1.2
Turnout 51,774 62.1 −2.9
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +8.0

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "1967 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  3. ^ Cambridge - Statement of Persons Nominated
  4. ^ "Cambridge parliamentary constituency - Election 2015". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
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