Luton by-election, 1963

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The 1963 Luton by-election was held following the resignation of the former "radio doctor" and Conservative Minister Charles Hill. Hill had a majority of over 5,000 at the 1959 general election, but the Luton seat was won by the Labour candidate Will Howie with a majority of 3,749.

Luton by-election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Howie 21,108 48.02 +3.11
Conservative John Fletcher-Cooke 17,359 39.49 -15.60
Liberal M A Benjamin 5,001 11.38 +11.38
Communist Tony Chater 490 1.11 +1.11
Majority 3,749 8.53 N/A
Turnout 43,958
Labour gain from Conservative and National Liberal Swing

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