Dulwich by-election, 1903

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Dulwich in the London County, showing boundaries used in 1903

The Dulwich by-election, 1903 was a by-election held on 15 December 1903 for the British House of Commons constituency of Dulwich in South London.


The by-election was triggered by the death of the serving Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP), Sir John Blundell Maple.



Arrest of Jameson after the raid - Petit Parisien 1896

The main issue in the by-election, as with the Lewisham by-election held on the same day, was tariff reform. Harris was a supporter of Joseph Chamberlain's proposals for Imperial Preference and was supported by the Tariff Reform League. Masterman was a supporter of the Liberal party policy of Free trade. Harris's involvement in the Jameson Raid affair was raised by his opponents.


Charles Masterman
Dulwich by-election, 1903
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Rutherfoord Harris 5,819 57.0
Liberal Charles Masterman 4,382 43.0
Majority 1,437 14.0
Turnout 10,201
Conservative hold Swing

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