Penrith and The Border by-election, 1983
Held seven weeks after the election in which the Conservatives won a second term by a landslide, it was the very first by-election of the 1983-1987 parliament.
The seat had become vacant when the constituency's Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), William Whitelaw had been elevated to the peerage as Viscount Whitelaw. Whitelaw had held the seat since the 1955 general election, and had been Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party since 1974, and Deputy Prime Minister since 1979, serving as Home Secretary from 1979 until his ennoblement and appointment as Leader of the House of Lords.
|Monster Raving Loony||Screaming Lord Sutch||412||1.1||N/A|
|Retired Naval Officer||Eric Morgan||150||0.4||N/A|
|Death off Roads: Freight on Rail||Helen Anscomb||72||0.2||N/A|
|Independent Socialist||John Connell||69||0.2||N/A|
|New Britain||Peter Smith||35||0.1||N/A|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||Michael Young||13,883||27.9||+11.4|
- Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1983-87 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-09-19.