Lewisham by-election, 1903
As with the Dulwich by-election held on the same day, the main issue was tariff reform and Joseph Chamberlain's proposals for Imperial Preference. A factor which made the result of the by election difficult to predict was that the seat had not been contested since 1892 and in that time the population had doubled in size. The additional residents, according to the Times, were mainly "City men, with comparatively small incomes".
In the event, the result was a comfortable win for the Unionist candidate.
|Lewisham by-election, 1903|
|Conservative||Edward Feetham Coates||7,709||57.5|
|Liberal||James William Cleland||5,697||42.5|
- The Times 3 December 1903
- The Times, 16 December 1903