Cities of London and Westminster by-election, 1965

The Cities of London and Westminster by-election of 4 November 1965 was held after the death of Conservative MP and Speaker of the House of Commons Harry Hylton-Foster.

The seat was safe, having been won at the United Kingdom general election, 1964 by over 10,000 votes.[1]

Labour's by-election candidate Alexander Pringle was a Chelsea borough councillor and Head of English at Westminster City School.[2] He was the son of William Pringle, who had been a Liberal MP from 1910 to 1918 and 1922 to 1924.

Result of the previous general election

General Election 1964: Cities of London and Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Speaker Harry Hylton-Foster 21,588 58.37
Labour R Wallace 11,309 30.58
Liberal JW Derry 4,087 11.05
Majority 10,279 27.79

Result of the by-election

By-election 1965: Cities of London and Westminster[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lindsay Smith 15,037 59.33 +1.16
Labour Alexander Pringle 8,300 32.86 +2.28
Liberal Stephen Jakobi 1,595 6.31 -4.74
Independent Desmond Burgess 326 1.29 N/A
Majority 6,737 26.47
Conservative hold Swing


  2. "1965 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2015-08-19.

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