Paisley by-election, 1961

The Paisley by-election, 1961 was a parliamentary by-election held on 20 April 1961 for the British House of Commons constituency of Paisley in Scotland.

The election was caused by the appointment of the sitting Labour member Douglas Harold Johnston as a Senator of the College of Justice, a judicial post. The candidates were John Robertson for the Labour Party, John Bannerman for the Liberals and G R Rickman for the Conservatives. Robertson held the seat for Labour with a reduced majority of 1,658 from the Liberal candidate.[1]


Paisley by-election, 1961[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 19,200 45.3 -12.0
Liberal John MacDonald Bannerman 17,542 41.4 n/a
Unionist Geoffrey R. Rickman 5,597 13.1 -29.6
Majority 1,658 3.9 -10.7
Turnout 42,339 68.1
Labour hold Swing -18.8


    • Result of Paisley by-election, 1961: British Parliamentary by-elections index
  1. F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
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