Newham North East by-election, 1994

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The Newham North East by-election, in London Borough of Newham, on 9 June 1994 was held after long-serving Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Ron Leighton died.[1] A safe Labour seat, it was won by Stephen Timms, who would go on to retain the East Ham seat which replaced it in 1997.


  • Richard Archer was the Natural Law Party candidate. He was also a candidate for the party in the European elections of the same year in the London North East constituency.[2]
  • Vida Garman, a pornographic model, ran as a publicity stunt for the newspaper The Daily Sport, which wanted to take advantage of free postage for electoral leaflets.[3]
  • Philip Hammond was chosen as the Conservative Party candidate. He was director of a medical equipment and the chairman of Lewisham East Conservative Association.[4]
  • Jo Homeless had changed her name by deed poll in order to contest the election on a campaign of housing the homeless.[3]
  • Alec Kellaway was the nominated candidate for the Liberal Democrats however immediately prior to the election Kellaway announced that he was leaving the Liberal Democrats and joining the Labour Party. Consequently, there was no official Liberal Democrat standing in the election.[5]
  • Anthony Scholefield was the candidate for the United Kingdom Independence Party.
  • Stephen Timms, the Labour candidate, had previously served as the leader of the local council for four years.[4]


Newham North East by-election, 1994[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Timms 14,688 74.97 +16.64
Conservative Philip Hammond 2,850 14.55 -15.96
Liberal Democrat Alec Kellaway 821 4.19 -7.0
UKIP Anthony Scholefield 509 2.60 N/A
House Homeless People Ms Jo Homeless 342 1.75 N/A
Natural Law Richard Archer 228 1.15 N/A
Buy the Daily Sport Ms Vida Garman 155 0.79 N/A
Turnout 19,593
Labour hold Swing

The results for the previous election were:

1992 General Election:Newham North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ron Leighton 20,952 58.30
Conservative JH Galbraith 10,966 30.51
Liberal Democrat JJ Aves 4020 11.19
Majority 9,986 27.79
Turnout 35,938 60.34
Labour hold Swing


  1. Full results
  2. 1994 European election results
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1992-97 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-10-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 One-horse race for deprived city seat: NEWHAM NORTH-EAST: Labour candidate prepares for victory
  5. Colin Rallings & David Broughton, British Elections and Parties Yearbook 1995, p. 182