West Bromwich by-election, 1963


West Bromwich by-election, 1963

The West Bromwich by-election, 1963 was a by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of West Bromwich in Staffordshire on 16 May 1963. It was won by the Labour Party candidate Maurice Foley.

Vacancy

The seat had become vacant when the the sitting Labour Member of Parliament (MP), John Dugdale had died at the age of 58 on 23 March 1963. He had held the seat since a by-election in 1941.

Candidates

The Labour Party candidate was 37-year-old Maurice Foley. The Conservative candidate was Mr G. Hawkins, and the Liberal Party — which had not contested the seat since 1929 [*cite book |last=Craig |first=F. W. S. |authorlink= F. W. S. Craig |title=British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 |origdate= |origyear=1969 |edition= 3rd edition |year=1983 |publisher= Parliamentary Research Services |location=Chichester |id= ISBN 0-900178-06-X] — fielded N. R. W. Mawle.

Result

The result was a victory for the Labour candidate, Maurice Foley, who took the seat with a slightly increased share of the vote. He held the seat until his resignation in 1973.

Votes

Election box begin
title=West Bromwich by-election, 1963
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Maurice Foley
votes = 20,510
percentage = 58.7
change = +1.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = G. Hawkins
votes = 8,246
percentage = 26.5
change = −16.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = N. R. W. Mawle
votes = 6,161
percentage = 17.6
change = N/A
Election box majority
votes = 12,264
percentage = 35.1
change = +20.3
Election box turnout
votes = 34,917
percentage =
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1959: West Bromwich
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Dugdale
votes = 26,702
percentage = 57.4
change = −4.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = A. H. Windrum
votes = 19,809
percentage = 42.6
change = +4.4
Election box majority
votes = 6,893
percentage = 14.8
change = −8.8
Election box turnout
votes = 46,511
percentage = 72.6
change = +2.4
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = −4.2

ee also

*West Bromwich (UK Parliament constituency)
*West Bromwich
*West Bromwich by-election, 1941
*West Bromwich by-election, 1973
*List of United Kingdom by-elections

Notes

Sources

* [http://www.geocities.com/by_elections/63.html#westbromwich British Parliamentary by-elections: West Bromwich 1963]
* [http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/ge59/i20.htm 1959 general election results] at Richard Kimber's political science resources
*Rayment-hc


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