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Re: st: RE: Winning and losing

From   "Clive Nicholas" <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Winning and losing
Date   Fri, 21 Nov 2003 19:12:32 -0000 (GMT)

Nick Cox wrote:
> I'm going to ignore the possibilities of ties for first place.


Luckily, I don't have to worry about ties, even if converted into *very*
precise percentages of the vote! The ten closest British constituency
races since 1918 are (kindly supplied by David Boothroyd via

1     A.J. Flint (Derbyshire, Ilkeston, N Lab, 1931)               2
      M. Oaten (Hampshire, Winchester, L Dem, 1997*)               2
3     Rt. Hon. F.D. Acland (Devon, Tiverton, L, 1923)              3
      G.G. Jones (Carmarthenshire, Carmarthen, Lab, 1974(F))       3
      Sir H. Nicholls, Bt. (Northamptonshire, Peterborough, C,
        1966)                                                      3
      T.W. Stamford (Leeds, West, Lab, 1924)                       3
7     Lord Colum Crichton-Stuart (Cheshire, Northwich, C, 1929)    4
      Hon. G.R. Ward (Worcester, C, 1945)                          4
9     E.L. Gandar-Dower (Caithness and Sutherland, C, 1945)        6
      L. Ropner (Durham, Sedgefield, C, 1923)                      6

Oaten's case, of course, was declared void and a by-election followed
(Americans will recognise these as 'special' elections), at which his
majority rocketed to 21,556 votes. Of course, only sad peeps like me are
interested in trivia like this!! :-)

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