Petersfield by-election, 1960

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The Petersfield by election took place during the 1959 to 1964 parliament of the United Kingdom.

It was called when the sitting MP for Petersfield Peter Legh became the 4th Baron Newton on the death of his father . There were three candidates[1]

  • Joan Quennell, aged 36, a company director representing the Conservatives
  • Michael Digby, 39, a Colonel in the Army, representing the Liberals
  • William Royle, 39, a horticulturalist, representing Labour

Polling day took place on Thursday 17 November 1960 and the result was as follows[2]

By Election 1960: Petersfield[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Joan Quennell 15,613 54.40 -6.53
Liberal Michael Digby 8,310 28.95 +11.17
Labour William Royle 4,777 16.64 -4.65
Majority 7,303 25.45 -14.19
Turnout 28,700
Conservative hold Swing

Quennell held the seat at three further general elections before retiring in October 1974.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Candidates For By-Elections. The Times (London, England), Friday, Nov 04, 1960; pg. 6; Issue 54920.
  2. ^ Detailed by-election results The Times (London, England), Friday, Nov 18, 1960; pg. 6; Issue 54932
  3. ^ "1960 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2015-08-15.