2016 Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election
The Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election was a by-election in England for the House of Commons constituency of Sleaford and North Hykeham held on 8 December 2016. It was triggered by the resignation of Conservative MP Stephen Phillips on 4 November 2016. It was the first by-election to be contested in Lincolnshire since the Great Grimsby by-election in 1977, triggered by the death of previous MP Anthony Crosland.
Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency
In his resignation letter to his local Conservative Association, Phillips set out three policy areas where he had fallen out with the Government, including: “its failure to appreciate the constitutional necessity of properly consulting Parliament” on leaving the EU; “the continued shirking of our responsibility for unaccompanied child refugees who have been forced to flee war and conflict;“ and, “the way in which international aid is now apparently to be used other than to assist some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”
He then concluded, saying, "It has become clear to me over the last few months that my growing and very significant policy differences with the current government mean that I am unable properly to represent the people who elected me".
Candidates and campaignEdit
The Conservative campaign started on 5 November, with a candidate to be chosen on 10 November. Caroline Johnson, a consultant paediatrician, was selected following a hustings. She stood in Scunthorpe at the 2010 general election.
At least four individuals put themselves forth to be UKIP's candidate: the Lincolnshire County Councillors Richard Davies, Robin Hunter-Clarke and Victoria Ayling, and the party leadership candidate Suzanne Evans. Hunter-Clarke pulled out of the contest. Ayling was selected; she stood for UKIP in the 2016 Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner election (coming second to the Conservatives) and in the Great Grimsby constituency in 2015 (coming third). She had previously stood in Great Grimsby in 2010 as the Conservative candidate (coming second to Labour).
The Labour Party selected Jim Clarke, a refuse collector and former postman.
Marianne Overton, leader of the Lincolnshire Independents, stood as their candidate.
Also standing were Peter Hill, also known as The Iconic Arty-Pole, of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party; Mark Suffield, a North Kesteven district councillor; and Paul Coyne, a Sleaford Town Councillor, the two of whom appearing with no ballot paper description.
|Liberal Democrat||Ross Pepper||3,606||11.0||+5.3|
|Lincolnshire Independent||Marianne Overton||2,892||8.8||+3.6|
|Monster Raving Loony||The Iconic Arty-Pole||200||0.6||N/A|
|No label||Paul Coyne||186||0.6||N/A|
|No label||Mark Suffield||74||0.2||N/A|
|Bus-Pass Elvis||David Bishop||55||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Matthew Holden||3,500||5.7||-12.5|
|Lincolnshire Independent||Marianne Overton||3,233||5.2||-1.2|
2016 EU referendum resultEdit
|Turnout||Remain votes||Leave votes||Remain %||Leave %|
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