A by-election was held for the United Kingdom Parliament seat of Birmingham Hodge Hill, on 15 July, the same day as the Leicester South by-election. The by-election was called following the resignation of the sitting MP, Terry Davis, on 22 June 2004. Davis had been appointed as Secretary General of the Council of Europe
The area has had a Labour MP since the 1950 general election, the only break being a Conservative Party victory at a 1977 by-election for the Birmingham Stechford constituency. Stechford returned to Labour at the 1979 general election.
At the by-election, the seat was won by the Labour Party candidate Liam Byrne with 7,451 votes and a vastly reduced majority. The Liberal Democrat candidate Nicola Davies increased her party's share of the vote by over 26% and was only 460 votes behind.
The by-election was heavily contested by Labour and the Liberal Democrats, with both parties alleging "dirty tricks" by the other.
Turnout was 37.89%.
|2004 by-election: Birmingham Hodge Hill|
|Liberal Democrat||Nicola Davies||6,991||34.2||+26.1|
|National Front||Jim Starkey||805||3.9|
|English Democrats||Mark Wheatley||277||1.4|
|Christian Vote||Rev. George Hargreaves||90||0.4|
From the 2001 general election.
|2001 General Election: Birmingham, Hodge Hill|
|Liberal Democrat||Charles Dow||2,147||8.1||-0.4|
|People's Justice||Perwaz Hussain||561||2.1|
|Socialist Labour||Dennis Cridge||284||1.1|
|Muslim Party||Ayub Khan||125||0.5|
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