Acton by-election, 1943
During World War II, the major parties had agreed an electoral pact under which they would not contest by-elections in seats held by their respective parties, and as a result many wartime by-elections resulting in a candidate being returned unopposed. However, other parties and independent politicians were free to field candidates.
Initially there were six candidates but the independent labour and liberal candidates withdrew leaving Walter Padley for the Independent Labour Party (ILP), Edward Godfrey who sought election as an 'English Nationalist' candidate, Independent Dorothy Crisp who wrote for the Sunday Dispatch and the official Conservative candidate Henry Longhurst.
Godfrey was founder of the English National Association, an organisation with alleged Fascist leanings.
The by-election was held on an electoral roll which had not been updated since 1937.
|Ind. Labour Party||Walter Padley||2,336||28.1||N/A|