1983 General Election

Penrith and The Border

Conservative hold / William Whitelaw
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 ConservativeWhitelaw, William29,30458.8%-2.4%
 LiberalYoung, Michael13,88327.9%+11.4%
 LabourWilliams, Lindsay6,61213.3%-9.1%
Majority15,42130.9%-7.9%
Turnout49,79973.1%-3.9%
Swing-6.9%
By-election held due to the MP's elevation to the House of Lords
Party Candidate Votes Percent Change
 ConservativeMaclean, David17,53046%-12.8%
 LiberalYoung, Michael16,97844.6%+16.7%
 LabourWilliams, Lindsay2,8347.4%-5.9%
 Monster Raving LoonySutch, Screaming Lord4121.1%N/A
 Retired Naval OfficerMorgan, Eric1500.4%N/A
 Death Off Roads: Freight on RailAnscomb, Helen720.2%N/A
 Independent SocialistConnell, John690.2%N/A
 New BritainSmith, Peter350.09%N/A
Majority5521.4%-29.5%
Turnout38,080INF%0%
Swing-14.75%
Note: These results are in comparison to the previous General Election
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