Dudley West by-election, 1994

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A by-election was held for the British House of Commons constituency of Dudley West on 15 December 1994 following the death of the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) John Blackburn.

The result was a Labour gain from the Conservatives, on one of the largest swings since the Second World War. This was the first significant sign of the changed political climate following the election of Tony Blair as Labour leader, which would eventually lead to Labour's 1997 general election victory. Labour gained nearly 70% of the votes, whereas the Conservative candidate attracted fewer than 20% of the votes.

Result[edit]

Dudley West by-election, 1994[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Pearson 28,400 68.8 +28.0
Conservative Graham Postles 7,706 18.7 -30.2
Liberal Democrat Mike Hadley 3,154 7.6 -2.8
UKIP Malcolm Floyd 590 1.4
National Front Andy Carmichael 561 1.4
Liberal Mike Hyde 548 1.3
New Britain Mike Nattrass 146 0.3
FOREST - Freedom of Choice for Smokers Marjorie Nicholson 77 0.2
Natural Law John Oldbury 70 0.2
21st Century Conservatives Party Colin Palmer 55 0.1
Majority 20,694 50.1
Turnout 47.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +29.1

Previous result[edit]

General Election 1992: Dudley West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Blackburn 34,729 48.8 −1.0
Labour KJ Lomax 28,940 40.7 +6.7
Liberal Democrat GPT Lewis 7,446 10.5 −5.7
Majority 5,789 8.1 −7.7
Turnout 71,115 82.1 +3.0
Conservative hold Swing −3.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1992-97 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 

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