1967 Leicester South West by-election

The Leicester South West by-election of 2 November 1967 was held after the resignation of Labour MP (MP) Herbert Bowden.

The seat was seen as safe, having been won by Labour at the 1966 United Kingdom general election by over 5,500 votes[1] However, like many other by-elections during this Parliament, the Labour Party saw a steep decline in its support and the Conservative candidate Thomas Boardman gained the seat with a majority of nearly 4,000 votes.


  • The Conservatives adopted Thomas Boardman, a Lieutenant-Colonel who had served in the Second World War.
  • Neville Sandelson for Labour was a barrister and one time member of the London County Council
  • The local Liberal Party association nominated Colin Beech

Result of the previous general electionEdit

General election 1966: Leicester South West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Herbert Bowden 18,822 58.65
Conservative Thomas Boardman 13,268 41.35
Majority 5,554 17.30
Turnout 32,090
Labour hold Swing

Result of the by-electionEdit

Leicester South West by-election, 2 November 1967[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas Boardman 12,897 51.63 +10.28
Labour Neville Sandelson 8,958 35.86 -22.79
Liberal Colin Beech 3,125 12.51 New
Majority 3,939 15.77
Turnout 24,980
Conservative gain from Labour Swing


  1. ^ [1] Archived 11 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine PoliticsResources.net
  2. ^ "1967 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2015.