Barnsley by-election, 1938

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The Barnsley by-election, 1938 was a by-election held on 16 June 1938 for the British House of Commons constituency of Barnsley in what was then the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The seat had become vacant on the death in April 1938 of the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) John Samuel Potts, who had represented the constituency since the 1935 general election, having previously been Barnsley's MP from 1922 to 1931.


The Labour candidate, Frank Collindridge, held the seat for his party with a slightly increased majority;

Barnsley by-election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Collindridge 23,566 64.4 +5.5
Liberal National Harold Walter Seymour Howard 13,052 35.6 −5.5
Majority 10,514 28.8 +11.0
Turnout 36,618 72.7 −9.9
Labour hold Swing +5.5

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