Nelson and Colne by-election, 1968

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The Nelson and Colne by-election, 1968 was a by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Nelson and Colne on 27 June 1968, following the death of Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Sydney Silverman.

The constituency was considered usually safe, having been won by Labour at the 1966 general election by over 4,500 votes.[1]

Candidates[edit]

Result of the previous general election[edit]

General Election 1966: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sydney Silverman 18,406 49.28
Conservative Peter Davies 13,829 37.02
Independent Patrick Downey 5,117 13.70
Majority 4,577 12.25 -

Result of the by-election[edit]

Nelson and Colne by-election, 27 June 1968[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Waddington 16,466 48.89 +11.87
Labour Betty Boothroyd 12,944 38.43 -10.85
Liberal David Chadwick 3,016 8.95 -4.75
English Nationalist Brian Tattersall 1,255 3.73 N/A
Majority 3,522 10.46
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] PoliticsResources.net
  2. ^ "People in the News." Illustrated London News [London, England] 9 Mar. 1968: 12+. Illustrated London News. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. Document URL
  3. ^ "1968 By Election Results". British Elections Ephemera Archive. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2015-08-21.