Hove by-election, 1965
Hove had been won by the Conservatives at every election since 1950 when the seat was created. The result at the last General election was as follows;
|Conservative||Anthony Alfred Harmsworth Marlowe||32,923||68.4||-6.4|
|Labour||Thomas James Marsh||15,214||32.3||+6.4|
- The Conservatives selected 44-year-old former MP Martin Maddan. He had sat for Hitchin, Hertfordshire from 1955-64. He had been defeated at the general election the previous year.
- Labour re-selected 50-year-old Thomas James Marsh who had stood here at the previous general election when he came second. Marsh was a company secretary and accountant. He had been educated at Worthing High School, West Sussex. He had been a member of Southwick Urban Council since 1948 and of West Sussex County Council from 1952–55 and since 1958. He was a member of the executive committee of the Southern Regional Labour Party.
- The Liberals selected 43-year-old Oliver Moxon. He had been educated at Gresham's School, Holt. He was an author who was standing for parliament for the first time. The Liberals had not fielded a candidate since 1950 when their candidate polled just 9.7%. Moxon was the brother of actor Timothy Moxon with whom, after the war, he founded the New Torch Theatre in London.
- An Independent candidate, 64-year-old Max Cossman, put himself forward. He was a Company secretary who had been raised in Austria where he became a graduate in law and economics at Vienna University.
It was won by the Conservatives' Martin Maddan. There was a 6.2% swing against the Conservatives;
|Conservative||William Francis Martin Maddan||25,339||62.0||-6.4|
|Labour||Thomas James Marsh||8,387||21.0||-10.6|
|Liberal||Oliver Charles Napier Moxon||6,867||16.7||N/A|
The result at the 1966 General election;
|Conservative||William Francis Martin Maddan||28,799||57.2||-4.8|
|Liberal||Oliver Charles Napier Moxon||8,037||16.0||-0.7|