Enfield Southgate by-election, 1984
The seat had become vacant on 12 October 1984 in sudden and tragic circumstances, when the constituency's Member of Parliament (MP) was killed by the Irish Republican Army in the Brighton hotel bombing.
Sir Anthony Berry had been Southgate's MP since the 1964 general election. The constituency had been renamed Enfield Southgate in 1983.
Given the reason for the by-election, there was some discussion about the Labour Party and the Alliance not contesting the poll. However, in the end both opposition forces were represented in the list of candidates.
Nine candidates were nominated. The list below is set out in descending order of the number of votes received at the by-election.
- The Conservative candidate was Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo. Born in 1953, Portillo was a Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He had contested Birmingham Perry Barr in the United Kingdom general election, 1983.
Portillo won the by-election and went on to become a prominent political figure. He was serving as Secretary of State for Defence, when defeated in this seat at the United Kingdom general election, 1997. Portillo subsequently represented Kensington and Chelsea (1999-2005) and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Conservative Party leadership (2001), before retiring from politics to pursue a media career.
- The Liberal Party candidate, representing the SDP-Liberal Alliance, was Timothy Willatt Slack. He was a former headmaster, born in 1928, who was Director of the Foreign Office International Conference Centre. Slack had contested the seat of Petersfield at both general elections in 1974.
- Representing the Labour Party was Winston Farouk Hamid (known as Peter Hamid). The Trinidad born Hamid was aged 52. He had lived in the UK for 31 years and was a member of Enfield Borough Council to which he had been elected in 1982.
- Andreas Polydorou was an Independent, who ran as a Turkish Troops Out of Cyprus candidate.
- Industrial chemist and Royal Navy veteran (1943-1946), James Wilfred Kershaw, stood on behalf of a far right group known as the Nationalist Party. Craig regarded Kershaw as a party candidate rather than an Independent.
- Raymond Edwin Shenton was an English National Party candidate, who advocated a far right policy. Craig regarded Shenton as an Independent.
- Iain Innes Burgess was an Independent candidate, whose ballot paper label was Abolish Greater London - Restore Middlesex Shire.
- George Weiss stood for Captain Rainbow's Universal Party. Craig considered him an Independent.
- Miss Helen Mary Anscomb was an Independent who used the label Death off Roads: Freight on Rail.
|Turkish Troops Out of Cyprus||Andreas Polydrou||687||2||N/A|
|Nationalist Party||James Kershaw||80||0.2||N/A|
|English National||Raymond Shenton||78||0.2||N/A|
|Abolish Greater London, Restore Middlesex||Iain Burgess||50||0.2||N/A|
|Captain Rainbow's Universal Party||George Weiss||48||0.2||N/A|
|Death off Roads: Freight on Rail||Helen Anscomb||45||0.1||N/A|
- Enfield Southgate constituency
- List of United Kingdom by-elections
- United Kingdom by-election records
- Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1983-87 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
- Britain Votes/Europe Votes By-Election Supplement 1983-, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1985)