1995 Islwyn by-election

A by-election was held in the Welsh parliamentary constituency of Islwyn on 16 February 1995 following the resignation on 20 January of Neil Kinnock who was appointed as a European Commissioner.[1][2]

1995 Islwyn by-election

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The Islwyn seat in the House of Commons.
Elected by simple majority using first past the post.
Triggered by resignation of incumbent
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Candidate Don Touhig Jocelyn Davies John Bushell
Party Labour Plaid Cymru Liberal Democrats
Popular vote 16,030 2,933 2,448
Percentage 69.2 12.7 10.6

MP before election

Neil Kinnock
Labour

Elected MP

Don Touhig
Labour

Whilst being a safe Labour seat and a comfortable victory, the Conservative party suffered a serious drop in support which saw them lose their deposit, gaining less than 5% of the vote. The Conservative candidate, Robert Buckland, would later be elected as MP for South Swindon 15 years later, and would go on to serve in the cabinet.[1]

ResultsEdit

1995 Islwyn by-election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Don Touhig 16,030 69.2 −5.1
Plaid Cymru Jocelyn Davies 2,933 12.7 +8.8
Liberal Democrats John Bushell 2,448 10.6 +4.9
Conservative Robert Buckland 913 3.9 −10.9
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 506 2.2 +0.9
UKIP Hugh Hughes 289 1.2 N/A
Natural Law Trevor Rees 47 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,097 56.5 -3.0
Turnout 23,166 45.1 −36.3
Registered electors 50,971
Labour hold Swing -2.90

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Patricia Wynn Davies (17 February 1995). "Conservatives trounced in poll". The Independent. Archived from the original on 1 May 2022. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Islwyn". Caerphilly Observer. Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  3. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1992-97 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Archived from the original on 20 July 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2020.