Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election, 1995

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A by-election was called in the constituency of Littleborough and Saddleworth in Greater Manchester, England, on 27 July 1995 following the death of Conservative Party MP Geoffrey Dickens on 17 May of that year.

The contest was a win for the Liberal Democrat candidate Chris Davies. The result was notable as the defending Conservative Party dropped from first to third place, coming behind both the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.

The second-placed Labour candidate, Phil Woolas, defeated Davies at the 1997 General Election in the successor seat of Oldham East and Saddleworth. He held the seat until 2010. Davies went on to represent the North West England region in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014.

Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election 1995[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Chris Davies 16,231 38.5 +2.7
Labour Phil Woolas 14,238 33.8 +14.9
Conservative John Hudson 9,934 23.6 -20.7
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 782 1.9
UKIP John Whittaker 549 1.3
Independent Peter Douglas 193 0.5
Independent Mr Blobby 105 0.2
Socialist (GB) Andrew Pitts 46 0.1
Independent Lawson McLaren 33 0.1
Independent Colin Palmer 25 0.1
Majority 1,993 4.7
Turnout 42,136 64.5 -17.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing -6

Notes on candidates[edit]

  • Mr Blobby was a character on the British television show Noel's House Party. The candidate had changed his name from John McLagan for the purposes of the election. (Source)
  • The candidate L. McLaren used the party description "Probity for Imposed Candidates"


  1. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1992-97 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 

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