Monmouth by-election, 1991

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The Monmouth by-election, 1991 was a by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Monmouth in Wales on 16 May 1991. It was won by the Labour Party candidate Huw Edwards.

Vacancy[edit]

The seat had become vacant when the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), Sir John Stradling Thomas had died at the age of 65 on 29 March 1991. He had held the seat since the 1970 general election.

Candidates[edit]

The Conservative candidate was 44-year-old Roger Evans. The Labour Party candidate was 38-year-old Huw Edwards.

Result[edit]

The result was a victory for the Labour candidate, Huw Edwards, who took the seat on a swing of 12.6%.

However, he was unseated at the 1992 general election by his defeated Conservative opponent Roger Evans, who held the seat until Edwards regained it in the Labour landslide at the 1997 general election .

Votes[edit]

Monmouth by-election, 1991[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Huw Edwards 17,733 39.3 +11.6
Conservative Roger Evans 15,327 34.0 −13.5
Liberal Democrat Frances David 11,164 24.8 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 314 0.7 N/A
Plaid Cymru (Green) Melvin Witherden 277 0.6 -0.2
Unitax Independent Peter Carpenter 164 0.4 N/A
Corrective Party Lindi St Clair 121 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,406 5.3 N/A
Turnout 45,100 75.8 -5.0
Registered electors 59,460
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -12.6
General Election 1987: Monmouth[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Thomas 22,387 47.5 −1.6
Labour Katrina Gass 13,037 27.7 +6.0
Social Democratic Clive Lindley 11,313 24.0 −4.0
Plaid Cymru Sian Meredudd 363 0.8 −0.3
Majority 9,530 19.9 −1.2
Turnout 47,100 80.8 +1.93
Registered electors 58,468
Conservative hold Swing −2.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1987-92 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.