Post by pragmaticidealist on Jun 20, 2018 18:09:30 GMT
Discuss notable examples of individual constituency battles where two or more of the candidates were big, nationally-known (at least to some extent) names (either at the time, had once been so or would later become so).
In the 1924 general election, Neville Chamberlain faced Oswald Mosley in Birmingham Ladywood, with the former achieving a majority of 77 votes.
In the 1987 general election, George Galloway defeated Roy Jenkins in Glasgow Hillhead.
In the 1997 general election, Michael Portillo was defeated by Stephen Twigg in Enfield Southgate, with the Lib Dem candidate being Jeremy Browne.
Post by Pete Whitehead on Jun 20, 2018 18:23:15 GMT
The Peckham by-election of 1982 - perhaps only the SDP candidate was especially well known at the time (though the NF candidate was not unknown) but one or two of the other candidates became well known subsequently en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peckham_by-election,_1982
Post by Lord Twaddleford (dormant) on Jun 20, 2018 18:45:43 GMT
Neil Kinnock (Lab) vs. Peter Bone (Con)
The contest also featured the less well known Helen Mary Jones (Plaid Cymru), who would later be elected as AM for Llanelli on two non-consecutive occasions 1999 and 2007. Oh, and Screaming Lord Sutch was on the ballot there too, also constesting Yeovil and Huntingdon simultaneously, when it was possible to do so, but I think he only attended the Huntingdon count.
Speaking of Huntingdon, 1997, the naturalist David Bellamy stood there as a candidated for the Referendum Party.
Post by Lord Twaddleford (dormant) on Jun 20, 2018 19:06:32 GMT
Possibly a borderline example here:
Denbigh, October 1974- Whilst I'm not sure how well known the winning candiate Geraint Morgan (Con) was/is (he certainly wasn't the most talkative MP in the Commons), two of the losing candidates possibly have a bit more name recognition (well, here, at least):
Foyle, at each election from 1983 to 1992, saw John Hume (SDLP) beat Martin McGuinness (SF), and also Gregory Campbell (DUP) Belfast West in 1983, Gerry Adams (SF) beat Gerry Fitt (Ind) and future MP Joe Hendron (SDLP)
In the 1994 Barking by-election, Margaret Hodge won by a landslide whilst both Theresa May and Gerard Batten both did very poorly. Philip Hammond also did very poorly against Stephen Timms in Newham North East, on the same day.
Edwin Scrymgeour, the only Scottish Prohibitionist MP, became an MP by defeating Winston Churchill in Dundee in 1922 - he had tried to so in all previous elections since 1908 inclusive. Also standing in Dundee in 1922 was Willie Gallacher, who would eventually be the last Communist MP.