Stafford by-election, 1984

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Stafford by-election
United Kingdom
← 1983 3 May 1984 1987 →
Candidate Bill Cash David Dunn Michael Poulter
Party Conservative Social Democratic Labour
Popular vote 18,713 14,733 12,677
Percentage 40.4% 31.8% 27.4%

MP before election

Hugh Fraser

Subsequent MP

Bill Cash

The Stafford by-election, 1984 was a parliamentary by-election held on 3 May 1984 for the British House of Commons constituency of Stafford.

Previous MP[edit]

The seat fell vacant when the constituency's Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), Major Sir Hugh Charles Patrick Joseph Fraser MBE (23 January 1918 – 6 March 1984) died.

Fraser was educated at Ampleforth College, Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union, and at the Sorbonne. He was commissioned into the Lovat Scouts in 1936 and during World War II saw service in North Africa and Europe; he retired in the 1950s with the rank of Major.

Fraser was elected Member of Parliament for Stone in 1945, later Stafford and Stone following constituency boundary changes, from 1950 until 1983, and then Stafford until his death.


Four candidates were nominated. The list below is set out in descending order of the number of votes received at the by-election.

1. The Conservative candidate was William Nigel Paul Cash (born on 10 May 1940), a solicitor.

He has served continuously in the House of Commons since winning the by-election (as of October 2015). Cash represented Stafford, until boundary changes took effect in 1997. Since then he has been returned as MP for Stone.

2. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, representing the SDP-Liberal Alliance, was David Joseph Dunn. He was a senior lecturer in International Relations, at the time of the by-election. He was born in 1946 and had contested the seat in the 1983 general election.

3. Michael John David Poulter was the Labour candidate. He worked as a senior probation officer and was born in 1942. He contested Stafford and Stone in 1979 and this constituency in 1983.

4. Christopher David Teasdale was an Independent, using the ballot paper label "Soon to be unemployed".


1984 by-election: Stafford[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bill Cash 18,713 40.4 -10.8
Social Democratic David Dunn 14,733 31.8 +7.1
Labour Michael Poulter 12,677 27.4 +3.7
Independent Christopher Teasdale 210 0.4 N/A
Majority 3,980 8.6 -17.9
Turnout 46,333 65.6 -10.9
Conservative hold Swing
Registered electors 70,635

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1983-87 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  • Britain Votes/Europe Votes By-Election Supplement 1983-, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1985)