Newark by-election, 2014
The Newark by-election was a by-election in the Newark constituency of the British House of Commons, which was held on 5 June 2014, following the resignation of Patrick Mercer. Conservative Robert Jenrick won the seat with a majority of 7,403.
Mercer resigned the Conservative Party whip on 31 May 2013 after an investigation by the BBC's Panorama programme regarding allegations of paid lobbying without registering the interest. He was paid £4,000 for asking questions in Parliament, and the Panorama team considered that he asked five parliamentary questions, but declared only £2,000 of the £4,000. As a consequence, he said at the time that he would not stand in the 2015 general election.
On 29 April, after being told that the Committee on Standards would recommend that he be suspended from the House of Commons for six months, Mercer announced that he would resign his seat: he told journalists on College Green that he was standing down from "God's county of Nottinghamshire". Mercer was appointed Steward and Bailiff of the Three Chiltern Hundreds on 30 April 2014, a mechanism by which MPs resign.
The nominations closed at 4pm on Tuesday 13 May with 11 candidates being nominated.
Nigel Farage was immediately interviewed on the evening of 29 April and said he was "tempted" to stand, but the next morning he ruled himself out. UKIP instead announced that outspoken former Conservative and current UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer would stand in the by-election.
The Bus Pass Elvis Party leader and perennial election candidate, David Bishop, announced on 6 May that he would stand in the by-election after taking fourth place ahead of the Liberal Democrats in a recent local authority by-election in Clifton North ward, Nottingham.
|Liberal Democrat||David Watts||1,004||2.6||-17.4|
|Monster Raving Loony||Nick The Flying Brick||168||0.4||N/A|
|Bus-Pass Elvis||David Bishop||87||0.2||N/A|
|Common Good||Dick Rodgers||64||0.2||N/A|
|Patriotic Socialist Party||Lee Woods||18||0.0||N/A|
The Conservatives retained the seat with a majority of over 7,000 which was described by the BBC as 'a relatively comfortable victory'. While UKIP's performance decreased the Conservative majority the BBC's Alex Forsyth said this was 'not as much as Mr Farage had hoped - or predicted'. Christopher Hope, writing in The Telegraph, argued that 'the scale of the victory is a vindication for the Tory high command which mounted a huge effort to win the seat' and claimed that David Cameron 'had halted the momentum of Ukip'. George Osborne hailed his party's victory and noted that it was the first time the Conservative's had held a seat at a by-election while in government for 25 years. However, both Nigel Farage and Labour's Chris Bryant suggested that the Conservative performance was not particularly impressive. It was suggested by Owen Jones in The Guardian that 'Labour and Lib Dem voters clearly voted tactically to keep Ukip out'. The poor performance for the Liberal Democrats was described by the BBC as one of 'worst performances in a post-war English by-election' for the party or its predecessors, and by The Telegraph as 'a disaster' for the party.
|Polling organisation/client||Sample size||Con||Lab||LD||UKIP||Others||Lead|
|5 Jun 2014||Newark by-election Result||38,707||45.0%||17.7%||3%||25.9%||8%||19% over UKIP|
|2–3 Jun||Survation||678||42%||22%||4%||27%||5%||15% over UKIP|
|27 May–1 Jun||Lord Ashcroft||1,000||42%||20%||6%||27%||5%||15% over UKIP|
|27–28 May||Survation/The Sun||606||36%||27%||5%||28%||5%||8% over UKIP|
|6 May 2010||2010 Results (Newark only)||51,228||53.9%||22.3%||20.0%||3.8%||-||31.5% over Lab|
|Liberal Democrat||Pauline Jenkins||10,246||20.0||+1.6|
- Newark by-election, 1943
- United Kingdom local elections, 2014
- European Parliament election, 2014 (United Kingdom)
- List of United Kingdom by-elections
- Opinion polling for the next United Kingdom general election
- Opinion polling for the next United Kingdom general election in individual constituencies
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