1916 Rotherham by-election

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Jack Pease

The Rotherham by-election was a Parliamentary by-election. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.


Rt Hon. Jack Pease had been Liberal MP for the seat of Rotherham since the 1910 Rotherham by-election. In 1916, he was appointed Postmaster General, an office of profit under the Crown and therefore required to seek re-election.

Electoral history[edit]

This was a safe Liberal seat and at the last General Election, Pease was re-elected comfortably;

General election December 1910: Rotherham[1] Electorate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jack Pease 9,385 67.5
Conservative J. H. Dransfield 4,511 32.5
Majority 4,874 35.0
Turnout 67.8
Liberal hold Swing


Due to the war-time electoral truce between the main parties, Pease did not face a Unionist or Labour Party opponent. He was returned unopposed.


Pease was made Baron Gainford in 1917 which resulted in the 1917 Rotherham by-election.


  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig, F. W. S.