Leominster by-election, 1876

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The Leominster by-election was a by-election held on 15 February 1876 for the British House of Commons constituency of Leominster in Herefordshire.

The by-election was caused by the resignation on 8 February 1876 of the serving Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP), Richard Arkwright.[1] After a close-fought campaign, the result was a gain for the Liberal candidate, Thomas Blake, with a majority of 85 over the Conservative, Charles Spencer Bateman Hanbury Kincaid-Lennox,[2] brother of Lord Bateman. This came as something of a surprise as no Liberal had been elected to the constituency for the previous 25 years.[2]


Leominster by-election, 1876
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Blake 434 55.4
Conservative Charles Spencer Bateman Hanbury Kincaid-Lennox 349 44.6
Majority 85 10.9
Turnout 783 84.3
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing


  1. ^ 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. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 182. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 

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