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  Taverne, Dick
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AffiliationLiberal Democrat  
  1970-01-01  
 
NameDick Taverne
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London, , England
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Born October 18, 1928
Died Still Living (85 years)
ContributorRalphie
Last ModifiedDr. Cynic
Feb 28, 2012 06:22am
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InfoEnglish politician, who is one of the small number of members of the British House of Commons elected since the Second World War who was not the candidate of a major political party. In the 1970s, as a Labour Member of Parliament (MP), he was dissatisfied with the party's political direction, so he left Labour and resigned his seat, forcing a by-election which he won.

Taverne's 1973 victory in Lincoln was short-lived; Labour regained the seat at the October 1974 general election. However, his success opened the possibility of a realignment on the left of British politics, which took shape in 1981 as the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which Taverne joined, joining the Liberal Democrats when the party merged with the Liberal Party.


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  05/04/2006 London Borough of Westminster Council - Marylebone High Street Lost 5.16% (-19.05%)
  06/09/1983 UK Parliament - Dulwich Lost 22.02% (-18.53%)
  10/28/1982 UK Parliament - Peckham By-election Lost 32.91% (-17.44%)
  10/10/1974 UK Parliament - Lincoln Lost 34.60% (-2.48%)
  02/28/1974 UK Parliament - Lincoln Won 35.56% (+3.11%)
  03/01/1973 UK Parliament - Lincoln - By-election Won 58.21% (+34.95%)
  06/18/1970 UK Parliament - Lincoln Won 51.03% (+12.07%)
  03/31/1966 UK Parliament - Lincoln Won 58.28% (+16.56%)
  10/15/1964 UK Parliament - Lincoln Won 47.82% (+11.44%)
  03/08/1962 UK Parliament - Lincoln Won 50.51% (+20.30%)
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Social Democratic Party Leader - Jul 01, 1982 LD Roy Jenkins