Salisbury by-election, 1965

The Salisbury by-election, 1965 was a by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Salisbury in Wiltshire on 4 February 1965. It was won by the Conservative Party candidate Michael Hamilton.


The seat had become when the 58-year-old sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) John Morrison had been ennobled as Baron Margadale. He had won the seat at a by-election in 1942.


The Conservative candidate was 46-year-old Michael Hamilton.

The Labour Party selected the National Union of Bank Employees official Leif Mills, and the Liberal Party fielded Hugh Capstick; both had contested the seat at the general election in October 1964. Maj. Horace Trevor-Cox, a former Conservative MP, stood as Independent Conservative candidate.


Michael Hamilton of the Conservative Party returns to power after he lost his Wellingborough seat in the General election in 1964


Salisbury by-election, February 1965[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Hamilton 17,599 48.2 0.1
Labour Leif Mills 13,660 37.4 +3.0
Liberal Hugh Capstick 4,699 12.9 4.4
Independent Conservative Horace Trevor-Cox 533 1.5 N/A
Majority 3,939 10.8 3.1
Turnout 36,491
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1964: Salisbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Morrison 20,071 48.3 4.5
Labour Leif A Mills 14,311 34.4 +1.3
Liberal Hugh Capstick 7,176 17.3 +3.2
Majority 5,760 13.9 5.8
Turnout 41,558 78.6 +0.4
Conservative hold Swing

See also


  1. "1965 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
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