Dudley West by-election, 1994

Dudley West by-election, 1994

A by-election was held for the British House of Commons constituency of Dudley West on 15 December 1994 following the death of the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) John Blackburn.

The result was a Labour gain from the Conservatives, on the largest swing since the Second World War. [1] This was the first significant sign of the changed political climate following the election of Tony Blair as Labour leader, which would eventually lead to Labour's 1997 general election victory.


Dudley West by-election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Pearson 28,400 68.8 +28.0
Conservative Graham Postles 7,706 18.7 -30.2
Liberal Democrat Mike Hadley 3,154 7.6 -2.8
UKIP Malcolm Floyd 590 1.4
National Front Andy Carmichael 561 1.4
Liberal Mike Hyde 548 1.3
New Britain Mike Nattrass 146 0.3
FOREST - Freedom of Choice for Smokers Marjorie Nicholson 77 0.2
Natural Law John Oldbury 70 0.2
21st Century Conservatives Party Colin Palmer 55 0.1
Majority 20,694 50.1
Turnout 47.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -29.12


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