Birmingham Ladywood by-election, 1977

The Birmingham Ladywood by-election of 18 August 1977 was held after Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Brian Walden resigned in order to concentrate on his career as a journalist and broadcaster. A safe Labour seat, it was retained by the party.

At the count, Socialist Unity candidate Raghib Ahsan punched National Front candidate Anthony Reed Herbert.[1]


Birmingham Ladywood, 1977[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Sever 8,227 53.13 -11.34
Conservative Quentin Davies 4,402 28.43 +6.33
National Front Anthony Reed Herbert 888 5.73 N/A
Liberal Kenneth Hardeman 765 4.94 -8.49
Socialist Unity Raghib Ahsan 534 3.49 N/A
Independent James Hunte 336 2.17 N/A
Independent Conservative George Matthews 71 0.46 N/A
Reform Party Peter Courtney 63 0.41 N/A
Air Road Public Safety Bill Boaks 46 0.30 N/A
Majority 3,825 24.7 -17.7
Turnout 15,484
Labour hold Swing


  1. David Pallister, "So what if the vote is low? They mean to bust the system", The Guardian, 20 August 1977
  2. "1977 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
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