The Glasgow Central by-election, 1980
was a by-election
held on 26 June 1980 for the British House of Commons constituency
of Glasgow Central
, following the death of its sitting MP, Thomas McMillan
On a turnout of 48%, the Labour
Party held the seat.
This was the last parliamentary by-election in England, Scotland or Wales not contested by an official candidate of either the Liberal Party
, the SDP
, or their successor party the Liberal Democrats
; until the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, 2008
. The Social Democrat candidate had no connection to the SDP (which wasn't created until 1981) and achieved the lowest vote for any candidate in a Parliamentary election under universal suffrage, a record later surpassed by the five votes obtained by independent campaigner Bill Boaks
in the Glasgow Hillhead by-election
of March 1982 .
Because there was no official candidate, Liberal Party member Graham Watson
offered himself as a candidate sponsored by the Scottish Young Liberals. He later became a Member of the European Parliament
and leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
group in the European Parliament.
As a seat considered safe for Labour, there was little surprise when its candidate Robert McTaggart
was declared victor, with 60.8% of the votes cast. Both of his closest rivals were later elected to sit in British parliaments: Gil Paterson
, representing the Scottish National Party
, was elected as a delegate for Central Scotland
in the first sitting
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