Honiton by-election, 1967

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The Honiton by-election, 1967 was a by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Honiton in Devon on 16 March 1967. It was won by the Conservative Party candidate Peter Emery.

Vacancy[edit]

The seat had become vacant when the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), Robert Mathew had died on 8 December 1966. He had held the seat since the 1955 general election and had served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Derek Walker-Smith.

Result[edit]

The result was a clear victory for Emery, who returned to the Commons after losing his seat at Reading in 1966.

Emery held the seat, and its successor East Devon until the 2001 general election.

Votes[edit]

Honiton by-election, 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Emery 26,501 57.0 +2.6
Liberal Bridget Trethewey 10,509 22.6 +3.9
Labour Marjorie Clark 9,501 20.4 -6.3
Majority 15,992 34.4 +6.8
Turnout 46,511 72.6 -6.0
Conservative hold Swing -0.7
General Election 1966: Honiton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Mathew 26,966 54.4
Labour Marjorie Clark 13,257 26.7
Liberal R. Hicks 9,342 18.9
Majority 13,707 27.7
Turnout 49,565 78.6
Conservative hold Swing

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