1958 Wigan by-election

The Wigan by-election of 12 June 1958 was held after the death of the incumbent Labour MP (MP) Ronald Williams.

The by-election was contested by three candidates: Alan Fitch (Labour), John Hodgson (Conservative), and Michael Weaver (Communist).

The result was a hold for the Labour Party, with Fitch gaining 71% of the vote on a 6.2% swing from the Conservative Party.

Result of the by-electionEdit

Wigan by-election, 1958[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Fitch 27,415 71.0   6.6
Conservative John Hodgson 10,248 26.5   5.7
Communist Michael Weaver 972 2.5   0.9
Majority 17,167 44.4   12.2
Turnout 38,635
Labour hold Swing   6.2

Result of the previous General ElectionEdit

General election 1955: Wigan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald Williams 29,755 64.4   2.5
Conservative Harold D Lowe 14,883 32.2   0.9
Communist Thomas Rowlandson 1,567 3.4 New
Majority 14,872 32.2   1.6
Turnout 46,205 80.3   6.7
Labour hold Swing   0.8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1958 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2015.