Leeds North East by-election, 1940
The Leeds North East by-election, 1940 was a parliamentary by-election held in England on 13 March 1940 to elect a new Member of Parliament (MP) for the House of Commons constituency of Leeds North East.
The vacancy was caused by the resignation on 8 February 1940 of the sitting Member, Sir John Dearman Birchall, through the procedural device of appointment as Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds. He had held the seat since the 1918 general election.
The by-election was held during World War II, and the five largest political parties – Conservative, Labour, Liberal, National Labour and National Liberal – were all members of the Coalition Government. As such, they maintained an electoral pact and agreed not to contest any by-elections in seats held by any other party in the Government.
The Conservative candidate, John Craik-Henderson, was opposed only by Sydney Allen of the British Union of Fascists. Henderson won with 97.1% of the vote, but gained only 37.5% in 1945, one of the largest drops in share ever.
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- Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
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