Glasgow Tradeston by-election, 1911
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Although Tradeston had consistently voted for Corbett, he did not consistently stand under the same label. In 1885 he stood as a Liberal against a Conservative. In 1886 following a split in the Liberal party he stood as a Liberal Unionist against a Liberal. Thereafter this was the normal contest until 1910. He had re-joined the Liberal party in 1908 but he did not win the official Liberal nomination in January 1910. This time standing as an Independent Liberal he scraped a victory against both Liberal and Conservative candidates. Then at the last general election, standing as the official Liberal candidate he won comfortably;
|General Election Dec 1910: Glasgow Tradeston
|Liberal||Archibald Cameron Corbett||4,811||60.5|
|Liberal Unionist||Archibald Pollock Main||3,137||39.5|
- The local Liberal association considered James Hogge and Junior Minister Charles Masterman before settling on Masterman. However, Masterman withdrew to contest Bethnal Green South West by-election, 1911. The Liberal finally set the task of defending the seat was J. D. White. He had been Liberal MP for Dunbartonshire before standing down at the last election.
- The new Unionist candidate was Conservative John Henry Watts, who had opposed James Keir Hardie at Merthyr Tydfil at the last election.
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The turnout was substantially down on the general election. There was a massive swing to the Liberals of 17.6%.
|Glasgow Tradeston by-election, 1911
|Liberal||James Dundas White||3,869||78.1||+17.6|
|Conservative||John Henry Watts||1,086||21.9||-17.6|
A General Election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election.
- Liberal: James Dundas White
Due to the outbreak of war, the election did not take place until 1918.
|General Election 14 December 1918: Glasgow Tradeston
|Unionist||Lt-Col. Vivian Leonard Henderson MC||12,250|
|British Socialist Party||James Dunlop McDougall||3,751||n/a|
|Liberal||James Dundas White||3,369|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||n/a|
- Henderson was the endorsed candidate of the Coalition Government. After the war, White briefly joined the Labour party and stood as a Labour candidate on two occasions.
- Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
- Liberal Nationalisms: Empire, State, and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec By James Kennedy
- British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig, F.W.S. (1974)