Glasgow Bridgeton by-election, 1961

There was a UK by-election for Glasgow Bridgeton (UK Parliament constituency) in November 1961.

Labour retained the seat, with James Bennett becoming the MP.

It was significant in that it was one of the first elections in which the Scottish National Party achieved a significant vote of 19%, only narrowly beaten by the Unionist for second place.[1] Although this was not exceptional and did not receive much attention at the time, it was the forerunner of more serious electoral success later in the 1960s.

By-election 1961: Glasgow Bridgeton [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Bennett 10,930 57.5
Unionist M. McNeill 3,935 20.7
SNP Ian Macdonald 3,549 18.7
Ind. Labour Party George Stone 586 3.1
Majority 6,995
Turnout 41.9
Labour hold Swing


  1. Brand, Jack (1978). National Movement in Scotland. Routledge. p. 258. ISBN 0710088663.
  2. The Times, 17 Nov 1961
  3. "1961 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2015-08-15.

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