2023 Selby and Ainsty by-election

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Date20 July 2023

The 2023 Selby and Ainsty by-election took place on 20 July 2023, following the announcement on 10 June 2023 that the incumbent Conservative MP, Nigel Adams, was standing down from Parliament with immediate effect.[1] Adams had previously announced he intended to stand down as an MP at the next general election, with the Party having selected a candidate to succeed him the previous day.[2] Adams formally confirmed his resignation on 12 June 2023.

An ally of the former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the news of Adams' resignation came a day after Johnson resigned as an MP, triggering the 2023 Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election.

Nigel Adams had previously rebuffed the idea he would stand down as an MP early. He had been expected to receive a peerage as part of Boris Johnson's resignation honours, but had been removed from the final list by the House of Lords Appointments Commission (HOLAC), which was published the previous day.[3]


According to the BBC, thirteen candidates stood in the 2023 Selby and Ainsty by-election.[4]


The following stood as Independents:

  • Andrew Gray
  • Nick Palmer
  • Taylor Wilson-Kerr

Sir Kid Starver

He's killing Socialism: don't be an accomplice!

On 19 July 2023, Richard O'Neill tweeted:

Remember :--Tomorrow you get the chance to put the smug bastard Sir Kid Starver in his place, don't spurn the opportunity!
These three by-elections are irrelevant, they're temporary till next year, so it's your last chance to give your verdict.
He's killing Socialism don't be an accomplice![5]


Labour's 25-year-old Keir Mather will become the youngest MP in the Commons – the Baby of the House – after overturning a 20,137 Tory majority.[6]

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