Ryedale by-election, 1986

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The Ryedale by-election took place on 8 May 1986. It is the latest by-election to have just three candidates standing. The seat was regained by the Conservatives at the 1987 general election by John Greenway.

Background[edit]

In the spring of 1986 unemployment began rising at a greater rate than in previous years and the Conservative loss at Ryedale was a factor in "even committed supporters of the Government's economic strategy...insisting that reducing unemployment should now have priority".[1]

Result[edit]

Ryedale by-election, 1986[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Elizabeth Shields 27,612 50.28 +19.8
Conservative Neil Balfour 22,672 41.28 -17.9
Labour Shirley Haines 4,633 8.44 -1.9
Majority 4,940 9.00
Turnout 54,917
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing 19%[3]
General Election 1983: Ryedale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Spence 33,312 59.2
SDP–Liberal Alliance (Liberal) Elizabeth Shields 17,170 30.5
Labour P Bloom 5,816 10.3
Majority 16,142 28.7 -
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nigel Lawson, The View from No. 11. Memoirs of a Tory Radical (Bantam, 1992), p. 641.
  2. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1983-87 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  3. ^ Chris Cook and John Ramsden (eds.), By-elections in British Politics (Routledge, 1997), p. 11.