Workington by-election, 1976
The Workington by-election, 1976 was a parliamentary by-election held in England for the House of Commons constituency of Workington in Cumbria on 4 November 1976. It was won by the Conservative Party candidate Richard Page, who became the first non-Labour MP in the constituency’s history.
The seat had become vacant when the Labour Member of Parliament (MP), Fred Peart had been elevated to the peerage in order to serve as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal. He had held the seat since the 1945 general election, and had served in previous Cabinets under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan.
Both the main contenders in this by-election would go on to long Parliamentary careers. Campbell-Savours defeated Page for the Workington seat at the 1979 election, and would represent it until standing down at the 2001 election, when he was elevated to the Lords.
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- http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/ge74a/i21.htm February 1974 general election results] at Richard Kimber's political science resources
- "1976 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
- October 1974 general election results at Richard Kimber's political science resources