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Little by-election quiz

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1227915.  Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:43 am Reply with quote

Quite a lot of talk of unprecedented by-election results at the moment, so I thought I'd pose this little quiz question, which I once dreamed up and have never had a chance to use:

Who won a by-election, and then became party leader before their party had won another by-election?

1227990.  Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:15 am Reply with quote

No takers yet, so here's a hint:There was a gap of more than eight years.

1228126.  Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:35 am Reply with quote

One further hint: The party was in government for almost that entire period.

Someone must get it now, surely...

1228261.  Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:31 am Reply with quote

OK, here's the answer:

William Hague won the Richmond by-election on 23 February 1989. The Conservatives won no further by-elections in that Parliament. They won the 1992 general election but no by-elections in that Parliament. After the Labour victory in 1997, William Hague became Conservative party leader on 19 June 1997. The next Conservative by-election winner was John Randall in Uxbridge on 31 July 1997.

Really quite surprising!


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