Midlothian and Peebles Northern by-election, 1943
The Midlothian and Peebles Northern by-election, 1943 was a parliamentary by-election held in Scotland on 11 February 1943 to elect a new Member of Parliament (MP) for the House of Commons constituency of Midlothian and Peebles Northern.
It was notable for the strong showing of the Common Wealth Party candidate.
The vacancy was caused by the resignation in January 1943 of the constituency's Unionist MP, John Colville, to take up the post of Governor of Bombay. He had held the seat since the 1929 general election.
The Unionist Party nominated Sir David King Murray, the Solicitor General for Scotland, who may have expected to be returned unopposed. The Labour, Liberal and National Liberal parties upheld the agreement, but other parties who disagreed with the truce could not be prevented from standing as independent candidates, and nor could other minor parties. In this case the newly formed Common Wealth Party nominated as its candidate Tom Wintringham, one of party's founders.
The result was a victory for the Unionist candidate, Sir David King Murray, but with a massively-reduced majority. At the 1935 general election, the Unionist majority over the Labour Party candidate had been 25.8% of the votes, but Wintringham cut that to 3.8%.
|By-election 1943: Midlothian and Peebles Northern |
|Unionist||Sir David King Murray KC||11,620||51.9||−11.0|
|Common Wealth||Tom Wintringham||10,751||48.1||N/A|
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- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 638. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- The London Gazette: . 16 February 1943. Retrieved 11 July 20100.
- Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
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