Montgomeryshire by-election, 1962

Montgomeryshire By-Election, 1962

Montgomeryshire by-election, 1962

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The Montgomeryshire by-election, 1962 was a parliamentary by-election held on 15 May 1962 for the British House of Commons constituency of Montgomeryshire.

Previous MP

The seat had become vacant when, the constituency's Member of Parliament (MP), the Rt Hon. Clement Davies died

Clement Davies (19 February 1884-23 March 1962) had been Montgomeryshire's MP since the 1929 general election. He had been a Liberal Party member from 1929-1931, a Liberal National MP from 1931 until 1939, then an Independent Liberal member until he rejoined the Liberal Party in August 1942. Davies was the Liberal Party leader from 1945 until 1956.

Candidates

Four candidates were nominated. The list below is set out in descending order of the number of votes received at the by-election.

1. The Liberal Party candidate, was Emlyn Hooson. He was a barrister, born 26 March 1925. Hooson had contested the seat of Conway at the general elections in 1950 and 1951

Hooson won the by-election, in a seat which had been represented by some sort of Liberal continuously since 1880. He retained the seat until he was defeated in the United Kingdom general election, 1979. Hooson was a candidate for the Liberal leadership in 1967. In 1979 he was given a Life Peerage as Baron Hooson.

2. The Conservative candidate was Robert H. Dawson. This was the only Parliamentary election he contested.

3. Representing the Labour Party was Tudor Davies, who also contested no other Parliamentary election.

4. The Rev. Islwyn Ffowc......
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