Kensington by-election, 1988

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The Kensington by-election, in Kensington, on 14 July 1988 was held after the death of Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Brandon Rhys-Williams. Normally a relatively safe Conservative seat, it was narrowly won by Dudley Fishburn, who would go on to retain the seat in 1992.

It was the first by-election of that parliament, which had begun after the general election of June 1987, and would last until the next election in April 1992.

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Kensington by-election, 1988[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dudley Fishburn 9,829 41.59 -5.92
Labour Ann Holmes 9,014 38.14 +4.89
Liberal Democrat William Goodhart 2,546 10.77 -6.48
Social Democratic John Martin 1,190 5.04 N/A
Green Phylip Hobson 572 2.42 +0.73
Rainbow Alliance - Payne & Pleasure Cynthia Payne 193 0.82 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 61 0.26 N/A
London Class War Candidate John Duignan 60 0.25 N/A
Anti Left-Wing Fascist Brian Goodier 31 0.13 N/A
Free Trade Liberal - Europe Out! Thomas McDermott 31 0.13 N/A
Fair Wealth & Health Roy Edey 30 0.13 N/A
Leveller Party William Scola 27 0.11 N/A
Anti-Yuppie John Crowley 24 0.10 N/A
Peace - Stop ITN Manipulation John Connell 20 0.08 N/A
Independent Janata Party Kailash Trivedi 5 0.02 N/A
Turnout 23,633 51.6 -13.1
Majority 815 3.4 -10.9
Conservative hold Swing

The results for the previous election were:

1987 General Election: Kensington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brandon Rhys-Williams 14,818 47.51
Labour Ben Bousquet 10,371 33.25
SDP–Liberal Alliance William Goodhart 5,379 17.25
Green R. Shorter 528 1.69
Humanist L. Carrick 65 0.21
Public Independent Plaintiff Party M Hughes 30 0.10
Majority 4,447 14.26
Turnout 31,191 64.70
Registered electors 48,212
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1983-87 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  2. ^ Dudley Fishburn
  3. ^ Lord William Goodhart
  4. ^ Ann Holmes
  5. ^ [1] Ann Holmes, Farringdon Within

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