Rotherham by-election, 1963

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The Rotherham by-election was held on 28 March 1963 after the death of the Labour MP John Henry Jones in a road accident. It was won by the Labour candidate Brian O'Malley.

493 people serving in the Armed Forces applied for nomination papers, as it was usual practice at the time that any serving personnel doing so would be given an honourable discharge. However, unlike by-elections late the previous year, none of the candidates paid a deposit and so they secured their release without appearing on the ballot paper.[1]

Rotherham by-election, 1963: Rotherham[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian O'Malley 22,411 69.2 +6.4
Conservative J. M. Barrass 9,209 28.5 -8.7
Independent A. Fox 742 2.3 N/A
Majority 13,202 40.7 +15.1
Turnout 32,362
Labour hold Swing


  1. ^ D. Leonard and R. Mortimore, Elections in Britain: A Voter's Guide, pp.85-86
  2. ^ "1963 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2015-08-17.