1959 General Election

Pontefract

Labour hold / George Oscar Sylvester
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourSylvester, George Oscar35,19476.4%+0.2%
 ConservativeBowman, Edward Thomas10,88423.6%-0.2%
Majority24,31052.8%+0.4%
Turnout46,07884.3%4.8%
Swing+0.2%
By-election held due to the MP's death
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 LabourHarper, Joseph26,46177.3%+0.9%
 ConservativeDean, Arthur Paul6,63319.4%-4.2%
 IndependentEckley, Russell Ernest1,1463.3%N/A
Majority19,82857.9%+5.1%
Turnout34,240INF%0%
Swing+2.55%
Note: These results are in comparison to the previous General Election
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