Bolton East by-election, 1960

The Bolton East by-election, 1960 was a by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Bolton East in Lancashire on 16 November 1960. It was won by the Conservative Party candidate Edwin Taylor.


The seat became vacant when the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament Philip Bell, QC, was appointed as a County Court Judge. He had held the seat since the 1951 general election.

The by-election saw the decision of the Liberal Party to field a candidate, which broke a local pact which had held for 10 years whereby the Liberals left the Bolton East seat alone, and in return the Conservatives did not stand in Bolton West; the pact had achieved its objective of preventing the Labour Party from winning either.


Taylor was elected by a margin of 641 votes over Labour candidate Robert Howarth, with the Liberal candidate Frank Byers securing a quarter of the vote. Dissension within the Labour Party over nuclear disarmament was thought to have helped Taylor win.

At the 1964 general election, a more organised Labour campaign in Bolton East saw Taylor voted out by a margin of more than 3,000 votes (with the Liberals simultaneously losing Bolton West by roughly the same margin).


Bolton East by-election, 1960[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edwin Taylor 15,499 37.8 -15.0
Labour Robert Howarth 14,858 36.2 -11.0
Liberal Frank Byers 10,173 24.8 N/A
New Conservative John E. Dayton 493 1.2 N/A
Majority 641 1.6 -4.0
Turnout 41,023
Conservative hold Swing -2.0
1959 General Election: Bolton East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Bell 25,885 52.8
Labour R. Hains 23,153 47.2
Majority 2,732 5.6
Turnout 49,038 80.1
Conservative hold Swing


  1. "1960 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 9/11/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.