Stourbridge by-election, 1927

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This was a parliamentary by-election for the British House of Commons constituency of Stourbridge. Stourbridge was one of the Worcestershire constituencies, bordering Bewdley, where the Conservative Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin sat.

Vacancy[edit]

Douglas Pielou who had been the Unionist MP here since 1922, died on 9 January 1927, at the age of 39, causing the by-election.

Electoral history[edit]

Pielou had gained the seat in 1922 from the Liberals. Since then, Labour had emerged as the main challenger, finishing a close second at the last General election in 1924;

General Election, 29 October 1924: Stourbridge[1]

Electorate: 48,466

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Douglas Percival Pielou 16,023 39.5
Labour Wilfred Wellock 14,113 34.8
Liberal Geoffrey Le Measurer Mander 10,418 25.7
Majority 1,910
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

Candidates[edit]

Henry Hogbin
  • The Unionist candidate chosen to defend the seat was 47 year old Henry Hogbin. He had served briefly as the Liberal MP for Battersea South from 1923-24. At the 1924 election he had been defeated standing as a Constitutionalist despite the support of both Unionist and Liberal local Associations.
  • The Labour candidate was 50 year old pacifist Wilfred Wellock. He was contesting the seat for the third time, having lost on the previous two occasions. He was imprisoned as a conscientious objector in the First World War.
  • The Liberal candidate was Glyn Edwards. At the last General Election he had contested Cardiff Central. He had traveled the country as a Factory Inspector.

Campaign[edit]

Polling day was set for 23 February 1927, forty-five days after the death of Pielou, allowing for a reasonably lengthy campaign.

Result[edit]

Labour gained the seat from the Unionists;

Stourbridge by-election, 23 February 1927[2]

Electorate: 49,587

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wilfred Wellock 16,561 41.9 +7.1
Unionist Henry Cairn Hogbin 13,462 34.0 -5.5
Liberal Aneurin John Glyn Edwards 9,535 24.1 -1.6
Majority 3,099
Turnout
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Aftermath[edit]

Wellock stood again here at the next General Election and was re-elected. Hogbin did not stand again. Edwards contested Burnley and finished third.

General Election, 30 May 1929: Stourbridge[3]

Electorate: 66,145

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wilfred Wellock 21,343 38.4 -3.5
Unionist Sir Herbert Stanley Reed 17,675 31.8 -2.2
Liberal Donald Leslie Finnemore 16,537 29.8 +5.7
Majority 3,668
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.