Leicester South by-election, 2004

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Leicester South constituency, shown within .
Leicester South constituency, shown within Leicester.

A by-election was held in Leicester South on July 15, the same day as the Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election. It was won by Parmjit Singh Gill of the Liberal Democrats, over-turning a Labour majority of 13,243 votes at the 2001 General Election.

The MP for Leicester South, Jim Marshall, from the Labour Party died on May 27, 2004, shortly before the local and European elections in June.

The seat was first won by Marshall in 1974. He lost it to the Conservative Party candidate in the 1983 general election by 7 votes, but won it back at the 1987 election. Marshall had a large personal vote, and both the Liberal Democrat and Conservative Parties targeted the seat.

The constituency is diverse, covering leafy suburbs such as Stoneygate and Knighton along with inner city areas with a strong Asian community.

Results

Turnout was 41.6%

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LibDem posters on London Road.
Candidate Party Votes Share
Parmjit Singh Gill Liberal Democrats 10,274 34.9%
Sir Peter Soulsby Labour Party 8,620 29.3%
Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative Party 5,796 19.7%
Yvonne Ridley RESPECT 3,724 12.7%
David Roberts Socialist Labour Movement 263 0.9%
R.U. Seerius Official Monster Raving Loony Party 225 0.8%
Pat Kennedy Independent - Save Our Schools 204 0.7%
Paul Lord Independent 186 0.6%
Mark Edwin Benson Independent (anti-EU) 55 0.2%
Jitendra Bardwaj Independent (yoga and meditation) 36 0.1%
Alan Gordon Barrett Independent (Conservative) 25 0.1%

2001 Result

From the 2001 general election:

Jim Marshall(Lab)22,958 54.5%
Richard Hoile(Con)9,715 23.0%
Parmjit Singh Gill(L Dem)7,243 17.2%
Margaret Layton(Green)1,217 2.9%
Arnie Gardner(Soc Lab)676 1.6%
Kirti Ladwa(UKIP)330 0.8%

External link

  • Leicester Mercury article (http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=132683&command=displayContent&sourceNode=132377&contentPK=10350594)
  • BBC News article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/3831255.stm)
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