1977 City of London and Westminster South by-election

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The City of London and Westminster South by-election on 24 February 1977 was held after Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher Tugendhat resigned the seat upon his appointment to the European Commission. A safe Conservative seat, it was won by their candidate, Peter Brooke.[1]

Candidates[edit]

The election was contested by a record ten candidates, beating the nine who had contested the Walsall North by-election, 1976. This total was topped at the Lambeth Central by-election, 1978. The candidates were:

Aftermath[edit]

Brooke would retain the seat at the 1979 general election, and hold it until his retirement at the 2001 general election (it reverted to its former name of Cities of London and Westminster in 1997). He held a number of front-bench Government posts during his tenure, including Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Results[edit]

City of London and Westminster South by-election, 1977[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Brooke 11,926 55.49 +3.79
Labour Malcolm Noble 3,997 18.60 -12.40
Liberal Angus Scrimgeour 1,981 9.22 -5.68
National Front Paul Kavanagh 1,051 4.89 +2.39
Pro-Homosexual Civil Rights Peter Mitchel 449 2.09 N/A
National Party Michael Lobb 364 1.69 N/A
New Britain Dennis Delderfield 306 1.42 N/A
Air, Road, Public Safety, White Resident Bill Boaks 61 0.28 N/A
Christian Outreach to Britain, Anti-Pornography William Thompson 43 0.20 N/A
Christ, Crown, Country, Commonwealth, Christian Constitution Ralph Herbert 37 0.17 N/A
Majority 7,929 39.23 +18.43
Turnout 20,215 39.60 -15.60
Registered electors
Conservative hold Swing

The results for the previous election were:[7]

General Election October 1974: City of London and Westminster South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christopher Tugendhat 14,350 51.7 -1.5
Labour Phil Turner 8,589 31.0 +3.7
Liberal T. G. Underwood 4,122 14.9 -4.0
National Front D. Baxter 686 2.5 N/A
Majority 5,761 20.8 -5.1
Turnout 27,747 53.2 -8.2
Registered electors 52,170
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1977 Full result Archived 12 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Boothroyd, David Politico's Guide to the History of British Political Parties (2001), p207
  3. ^ February 1974 general election results
  4. ^ Newham South by-election 1974 result Archived 14 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Hall-Carpenter Archives
  6. ^ "1977 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  7. ^ October 1974 general election results