Salisbury by-election, 1965

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The Salisbury by-election, 1965 was a by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Salisbury in Wiltshire on 4 February 1965. It was won by the Conservative Party candidate Michael Hamilton.

Vacancy[edit]

The seat had become when the 58-year-old sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) John Morrison had been ennobled as Baron Margadale. He had won the seat at a by-election in 1942.

Candidates[edit]

The Conservative candidate was 46-year-old Michael Hamilton.

The Labour Party selected the National Union of Bank Employees official Leif Mills, and the Liberal Party fielded Hugh Capstick; both had contested the seat at the general election in October 1964. Maj. Horace Trevor-Cox, a former Conservative MP, stood as Independent Conservative candidate.

Result[edit]

Michael Hamilton of the Conservative Party returns to power after he lost his Wellingborough seat in the General election in 1964

Votes[edit]

Salisbury by-election, February 1965[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Hamilton 17,599 48.2 −0.1
Labour Leif Mills 13,660 37.4 +3.0
Liberal Hugh Capstick 4,699 12.9 −4.4
Independent Conservative Horace Trevor-Cox 533 1.5 N/A
Majority 3,939 10.8 −3.1
Turnout 36,491
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1964: Salisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Morrison 20,071 48.3 −4.5
Labour Leif A Mills 14,311 34.4 +1.3
Liberal Hugh Capstick 7,176 17.3 +3.2
Majority 5,760 13.9 −5.8
Turnout 41,558 78.6 +0.4
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1965 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2015-08-19.