Bridgwater by-election, 1970
The Bridgwater
Bridgwater (UK Parliament constituency)
Bridgwater was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, until 2010 when it was replaced by the Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency...

A by-election is an election held to fill a political office that has become vacant between regularly scheduled elections....

of March 12, 1970 was the first election in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 to be held after the voting age
Voting age
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 had been reduced from 21 to 18. The seat was held by the Conservatives
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 on a turnout of 70.3%.


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