Barnstaple by-election, 1911

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

Previous result[edit]

Ernest Soares
General Election December 1910 Electorate 13,126
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ernest Joseph Soares 6,047 54.0
Liberal Unionist Charles Sandbach Parker 5,155 46.0
Majority 892 8.0
Turnout 85.3
Liberal hold Swing


The Liberal candidate was Sir Godfrey Baring, a 40-year-old Eton educated former Liberal MP from the Isle of Wight. He had sat for the Isle of Wight from 1906 until his defeat in January 1910. At the December 1910 General Election he had contested Devonport . He was the chairman of the Isle of Wight County Council.

The Unionist candidate was Charles Sandbach Parker, an Ayrshire-based 47-year-old Chairman and Managing Director of Demerara Co. who had been educated at Eton and Oxford. He had contested Barnstaple at the December 1910 General Election.


Godfrey Baring
Barnstaple by-election, 1911 Electorate 13,595
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir Godfrey Baring 6,239 52.0 -2.0
Liberal Unionist Charles Sandbach Parker 5,751 48.0 +2.0
Majority 4.0 -4.0
Turnout 88.2
Liberal hold Swing -2.0


Baring chose not to defend his seat and instead sought re-election for his old Isle of Wight seat.

General Election 14 December 1918: Electorate 31,790
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Capt. John Thomas Tudor Rees 11,281 51.4 -0.6
Unionist Charles Sandbach Parker 10,679 48.6 +0.6
Majority 602 2.8 -1.2
Turnout 69.1 -19.1
Liberal hold Swing -0.6


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  • Who's Who:
  • Debrett's House of Commons 1916