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UK By-Elections 1945 – 08 December 2016


3 Polish Candidates (including 1 Polish MP) in 502 By-Elections since 1945

 

UK By-Elections No. of
By-Elections
Polish
Candidates
Polish MPs
1945 - 1950 (38th Parliament) 52 NIL NIL
1950 - 1951 (39th Parliament) 16 NIL NIL
1951 - 1955 (40th Parliament) 48 NIL NIL
1955 - 1959 (41st Parliament) 52 NIL NIL
1959 - 1964 (42nd Parliament) 63 NIL NIL
1964 - 1966 (43rd Parliament) 13 NIL NIL
1966 - 1970 (44th Parliament) 38 NIL NIL
1970 - 1974 (45th Parliament) 30 NIL NIL
1974 - 1974 (46th Parliament) 1 NIL NIL
1974 - 1979 (47th Parliament) 30 1 NIL
1979 - 1983 (48th Parliament) 20 NIL NIL
1983 - 1987 (49th Parliament) 31 NIL NIL
1987 - 1992 (50th Parliament) 24 NIL NIL
1992 - 1997 (51st Parliament) 18 1 1
1997 - 2001 (52nd Parliament) 17 NIL NIL
2001 - 2005 (53rd Parliament) 6 NIL NIL
2005 - 2010 (54th Parliament) 14 1 NIL
2010 - 2015 (55th Parliament) 21 NIL NIL
2015 - Present (56th Parliament) 8 NIL NIL
Number of By-Elections since 1945 = 502 3 Polish Candidates 1 Polish MP

 


PHS_logo_subhead3 Polish Candidates in By-Elections 1945 – 08 December 2016


  Name By-Election
date
Constituency Party Result Votes Vote Share Majority
1 Denis MacShane
(Denis Matyjaszek)
05 May 1994 Rotherham Labour Elected 14,912 25.9% 6,954
 

Denis MacShane was born Matyjaszek and brought up in Ealing. He worked for BBC (1969 - 1977) who (racially) forced him to drop his Polish surname. After he left the BBC, he rose to be the President of the National Union of Journalists (1978-79)

By-Election due to the death of the Labour MP Jimmy Boyce (massive 17,561 Majority at the 1992 General Election), MacShane was chosen to replace him. At the time, MacShane was the Director of the European Policy Institute. He subsequently won 4 Elections (1997, 2001, 2005 and 2010) & served 18 years as a Labour MP.

He was the Minister for Europe (2002 - 2005). Ironically, he was forced to resign (05 November 2012) due to submitting false Parliamentary invoices totalling some £ 13,000 and has subsequently been charged with False Accounting (Theft Act 1968). A By-Election was subsequently held at MacShane's constituency, (Rotherham, 29 November) won by Sarah Champion, Labour.

 

2 Christopher Ostrowski
23 July 2009 Norwich North Labour 2nd 6,243 18.2%  
 

By-Election due to the resignation of the Labour MP Ian Gibson who was banned for standing as a Labour candidate for the next General Election. Christopher Ostrowski was chosen to replace him by the Labour Party (Ian Gibson won his seat with a Labour Majority of 5,461 at the previous 2005 General Election).

Unfortunately, Ostrowski came 2nd to the winner, Chloe Smith (Conservative Party) who reversed the Labour Majority into a very large Conservatory Majority of 7,348. She became the youngest Member of the House of Commons ("Baby of the House").

 

3 Frances Oborski
04 November 1976 Walsall North Liberal 5th 1,212 3.24%  
 

By-Election due to the resignation of the MP John Stonehouse (English National Party/ENP) who faked his own death (he was eventually discovered living in Australia). Though John Stonehouse's majority was a massive 15,885 at the 1974 General Election (originally as a Labour MP before John Stonehouse changed to ENP), ENP decided not to contest this By-Election so the seat reveresed back to Labour.

Frances Oborski was heavily involved in Polish Solidarity campaign (early 1980s) and is currently the Polish Honorary Consul for the West Midlands whose late husband was a local Councillor and also a member of Polskie Pokolenie Powojenne.

She is currently the longest serving member of the Wye Forest Council (30 years) having been the Chairman of numerous Committees. She was also the Mayor of Kidderminster (1984-85) and is currently a member of the Liberal Party National Executive.

Apart from the 1976 By-Election, she also stood three more times as a Liberal candidate (Staffordshire South, 1987, 2nd), (Stoke-on-Trent Central, 1997, 6th) and (Wye Forest, 2005, 4th) as well as being a candidate for the European Parliamentary Election in 1989.

Dataset compiled by Christopher Marek Rencki