1979 Liverpool Edge Hill by-election

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The Liverpool Edge Hill by-election of 1979 was a parliamentary by-election held in England on 29 March 1979 to elect a new Member of Parliament (MP) for the House of Commons constituency of Liverpool Edge Hill.

Polling in the by-election took place one day after the government of James Callaghan had lost a vote of no confidence in parliament and slightly over a month before the 1979 general election. The seat had become vacant on the death the previous December of the constituency's Labour Party MP Sir Arthur Irvine, who had held the seat since a by-election in 1947.

The result was a gain for the Liberal Party, represented by David Alton.


Liverpool Edge Hill by-election, 1979[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Alton 12,945 64.1 +36.8
Labour Bob Wareing 4,812 23.8 −28.1
Conservative Nicholas Ward 1,906 9.4 −11.3
Law and Order Joan Jonker 337 1.7 N/A
Socialist Unity Ann Walker 127 0.6 N/A
Gay Liberal Michael Taylor 40 0.2 N/A
Democratic Monarchist, Public Safety, White Resident Bill Boaks 32 0.2 N/A
Majority 8,133 40.3
Turnout 20,199
Liberal gain from Labour Swing 30.2

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  1. ^ "1979 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2015-09-17.

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