1956 Tonbridge by-election

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The 1956 Tonbridge by-election was held on 7 June 1956 due to the resignation of the Conservative MP, Gerald Williams. It was retained by the Conservative candidate Richard Hornby. Although Tonbridge was usually a safe Conservative seat this election was fought with a local Labour politician and against the backdrop of Anthony Eden's unpopular government so the Conservative majority was cut to barely 1,600 votes.

Tonbridge by-election, 1956 [1] [2] Electorate
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Richard Hornby 20,515 52.0 -8.4
Labour Robert L Fagg18,91348.0+8.4
Majority1,6024.0-16.8
Turnout 39,428
Conservative hold Swing

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References

  1. F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  2. "1956 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2015.