Normanton by-election, 1947

The Normanton by-election, 1947 was a parliamentary by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Normanton on 11 February 1947. The seat had become vacant when the Labour Member of Parliament Tom Smith had resigned, take up the post of Labour Director of the North-Eastern Divisional Coal Board. Smith had held the seat since the by-election in 1933.

The Labour candidate, George Sylvester, held the seat for his party. The Conservative Party candidate was Enoch Powell, the first time he had stood for election, but he was heavily defeated.

Normanton by-election, 1947[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Sylvester 19,085 79.8 4.5
Conservative Enoch Powell 4,258 17.9 +2.1
Independent Dr W. D. Hartley 579 2.4 N/A
Majority 14,827 62.0 -6.6
Turnout 23,922 54.6 25.3
Labour hold Swing -3.3

See also


  1. "1947 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
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