Christchurch by-election, 1993
The result was a gain for the Liberal Democrats, notable for the swing necessary to take such a strong Conservative seat, gaining more than 60% of the votes cast and winning practically twice as many votes as the Conservatives. As of May 2012[update], the swing of 35.4% remains the sixth largest by-election swing in British political history (the Bermondsey by-election in 1983 being the largest).
At the time, it was not necessary for candidates in British elections to register party names or ballot paper descriptions. Details on candidates at this election are taken from the official count  and David Boothroyd's election results site.
|Liberal Democrat||Diana Maddock||33,164||62.2||+38.6|
|Anti-Federalist League||Alan Sked||878||1.6|
|Monster Raving Loony||David Sutch||404||0.8|
|Independent Conservative||Andrew Bannon||357||0.7|
|Sack Graham Taylor||Peter Newman||80||0.2|
|Buy the Daily Sport||Tara Bardot-Jackson||67||0.1|
|Save the National Health Service||Peter A. Hollyman||60||0.1|
|Highlander IV Wednesday Promotion||John Crockard||48||0.1|
|Natural Law||Mark Griffiths||45||0.1||-0.3|
|Ian For King||Mark Belcher||23||0.0|
|Alfred The Chicken||Karl Fitzhugh||18||0.0|
|Rainbow Alliance||John Walley||16||0.0|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||35.4|
- YouTube video
- Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1992-97 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-10-01.