1994 Eastleigh by-election


The Eastleigh by-election, 1994 was a parliamentary by-election held on 9 June 1994 for the United Kingdom House of Commons constituency of Eastleigh in Hampshire. The seat had fallen vacant because of the death of Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) Stephen Milligan on 7 February.[1]

1994 Eastleigh by-election

 1992 5 May 1994 1997 
Turnout58.7% ( 24.2%)
  First party Second party Third party
 
Lab
Con
Candidate David Chidgey Marilyn Birks Stephen Reid
Party Liberal Democrats Labour Conservative
Popular vote 24,473 15,234 13,675
Percentage 44.3% 27.6% 24.7%
Swing 16.3% 6.8% 26.5%

MP before election

Stephen Milligan
Conservative

Elected MP

David Chidgey
Liberal Democrats

The result of the election was a gain for the Liberal Democrats on a large swing. A disastrous result for the Conservative Party saw them fall to third place.[2] The election was also the first election that the newly formed UK Independence Party (UKIP) stood in, with Nigel Farage as the candidate; Farage went on to become the leader of UKIP in 2006.

Votes


Eastleigh by-election, 1994[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Chidgey 24,473 44.3 +16.3
Labour Marilyn Birks 15,234 27.6 +6.8
Conservative Stephen Reid 13,675 24.7 -26.5
UKIP Nigel Farage 952 1.7 New
Monster Raving Loony David Sutch 783 1.4 New
Natural Law Peter Warburton 145 0.3 New
Majority 9,239 16.7 N/A
Turnout 55,262 58.7 -24.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing 16.8
General election 1992: Eastleigh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Milligan 38,998 51.3
Liberal Democrats David Chidgey 21,296 28.0
Labour Jo Sugrue 15,768 20.7
Majority 17,702 23.3
Turnout 76,062 82.9
Conservative hold Swing

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