Keighley by-election, 1911

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A byelection was held in Keighley constituency in 1911 to fill a vacancy in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

Sir John Brigg had been the Liberal MP for Keighley since 1895. He died on 30 September 1911.

Previous result[edit]

General Election December 1910: Keighley

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir John Brigg unopposed
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Candidates[edit]

Stanley Buckmaster
  • The Liberals chose Stanley Buckmaster to defend a seat the party had held since it was created in 1885. He had been Liberal MP for Cambridge until his defeat in January 1910. He had failed to regain Cambridge in December 1910.
  • The Conservative candidate was William Mitchell Acworth who had contested the seat as a Liberal Unionist in 1906 and January 1910, but did not contest the December 1910 elections.
  • Although a Socialist had stood here in 1906 and finished third, the Labour party had not contested the seat before. This time they chose to run a Scotsman William Crawford Anderson as their candidate. Anderson had been Chairman of the Independent Labour Party since 1910.

Result[edit]

By-Election 27 October 1911: Keighley

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Stanley Owen Buckmaster KC 4,667 39.0
Conservative William Mitchell Acworth 3,842 32.1
Labour William Crawford Anderson 3,452 28.9
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Aftermath[edit]

In 1913 Buckmaster was appointed Solicitor General and required to fight another by-election

By-Election 11 November 1913: Keighley

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Stanley Owen Buckmaster KC 4,730 38.7
Conservative Viscount Lascelles 3,852 31.5
Labour William Bland 3,646 29.8
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Anderson was elected MP for Sheffield Attercliffe in 1914. Acworth did not contest another election.

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