The by-election was extremely unusual in that it was uncontested and still changed hands.
Ireland had achieved quasi-independence in 1922 as the Irish Free State, the Irish Nationalist Party was effectively defunct in Ireland, yet O'Connor continued to be elected unopposed under this label in Liverpool. O'Connor's voting record in the Commons most closely followed that of the Labour Party. At the by-election, Labour was the only party to nominate a candidate, standing David Logan. As a result he won the seat unopposed, though in practice this did not make much difference to the voting balance in the House of Commons where the Second Labour Government was in a minority.