Sutton and Cheam by-election, 1972

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The Sutton and Cheam by-election of 7 December 1972 was held after Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Sharples was appointed Governor of Bermuda. In a defeat for Edward Heath's government the seat was taken by the Liberals.[1] This was the second Liberal gain during the 1970-1974 Parliament, during which they gained five seats overall.[2]

Results[edit]

Sutton and Cheam, 1972[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Graham Tope 18,328 53.58 +38.98
Conservative Neil Macfarlane 10,911 31.90 -26.19
Labour David Miller 2,937 8.59 -18.72
Anti-Common Market Chris Frere-Smith 1,332 3.89 N/A
National Independence Edgar Scruby 660 1.93 N/A
Majority 7,417 21.7
Turnout 34,204
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Result with some Graham Tope campaign literature
  2. ^ Michael McManus, Jo Grimond: Towards the Sound of Gunfire, Edinburgh, 2001, p. 317
  3. ^ "1972 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2015-09-08.