Cambridge by-election, 1976

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The Cambridge by-election of 2 December 1976 was held after Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) David Lane resigned his seat to take up the position of Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality.:[1] The seat was retained by the Tories in a result that cut the government majority to one seat.[2]

Candidates[edit]

Result of the by-election[edit]

The results of the by-election were as follows:[1]

United Kingdom Parliament: 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 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 +19.78
Conservative hold Swing

Result of the previous general election[edit]

Results from the previous general election were:[5]

General Election October 1974: Cambridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Lane 21,790 41.25 +0.66
Labour James Curran 19,017 36 +3.28
Liberal Michael O'Loughlin 11,129 21.07 -5
United Democratic Party C.J. Curry 885 1.68 N/A
Majority 2,773 5.25 -2.62
Turnout 52,811 69.55 -9.22
Conservative hold Swing

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