1959 General Election

Bristol South East

Labour hold / Anthony Wedgwood Benn
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourBenn, Anthony Wedgwood26,27356.2%-3.3%
 ConservativeClair, Malcolm Archibald James St20,44643.8%+3.3%
Majority5,82712.4%-6.6%
Turnout46,71975.2%-2.7%
Swing-3.3%
Benn's position in the House of Lords made him ineligible to stand, and thus the seat was handed to St Clair
By-election held due to the MP's elevation to the House of Lords
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourBenn, Anthony Neil Wedgwood23,27569.5%+13.3%
 ConservativeClair, Malcolm Archibald James St10,23130.5%-13.3%
Majority13,04439%+26.6%
Turnout33,506INF%0%
Swing+13.3%
Note: These results are in comparison to the previous General Election
By-election held due to the MP's resignation to allow for the election to be re-run
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourBenn, Anthony Neil Wedgwood20,31379.7%+23.5%
 National FellowshipMartell, Edward4,83419%N/A
 IndependentLloyd, Marguerite2871.1%N/A
 IndependentPearl, Geoffrey440.2%N/A
Majority15,47960.7%+48.3%
Turnout25,478INF%0%
Swing+18.4%
Note: These results are in comparison to the previous General Election, not the earlier by-election
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