Central Norfolk by-election, 1962

The Central Norfolk by-election of 1962 was held on 22 November 1962 after the death of the incumbent Conservative MP, Richard Collard. It was retained by the Conservative candidate Ian Gilmour.

Andrews serving in the British Armed Forces. The law stated that, on standing in a Parliamentary election, he would be released from the Forces; this was, therefore, a way to receive an early honourable discharge, for the cost of a lost deposit. The practice was banned the following year.[1]

Central Norfolk by-election, 1962[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Hedworth John Little Gilmour 13,268 37.7 -12.7
Labour Geoffrey B L Bennett 13,048 37.0 +2.2
Liberal Geoffrey Maxwell Goode 7,915 22.5 +7.7
Independent Liberal Kenneth Coleman 909 2.5 N/A
Independent J Andrews 79 0.2 N/A
Majority 220 0.7 -14.9
Turnout 35,217 60.2 -19.7
Conservative hold Swing -7.5


  1. F. W. S. Craig, Minor Parties at British Parliamentary Elections, p.129
  2. 1962 By Election Results from the British Election Ephemera Archive, accessed via the Wayback machine, accessed on 26 July 2015

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