Ashton-under-Lyne by-election, 1920

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The Ashton-under-Lyne by-election, 1920 was a by-election held on 31 January 1920 for the British House of Commons constituency of Ashton-under-Lyne.

The by-election was triggered by the elevation to the peerage of the town's Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) Albert Stanley, who was ennobled as Baron Ashfield.

The result was a victory for the Conservative candidate Sir Walter de Frece, who held the seat with a massively reduced majority.

British Pathe has a newsreel clip of Sir Walter Frece campaigning in the by-election with his wife.


Ashton-under-Lyne by-election, 1920
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Conservative Sir Walter de Frece 8,864 43.3 −15.0
Labour William Cornforth Robinson 8,127 39.6 N/A
Liberal Sir Arthur Harold Marshall 3,511 17.1 N/A
Majority 738 3.7 −12.9
Turnout 20,502 82.3 +13.9
Conservative hold Swing


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