Berwickshire by-election, 1916

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The Berwickshire by-election, 1916 was a parliamentary by-election held for the House of Commons constituency of Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders on 18 July 1916.

Vacancy[edit]

Under the provisions of the Succession to the Crown Act of 1707 and a number of subsequent Acts, MPs appointed to certain ministerial and legal offices were at this time required to seek re-election.[1] The by-election in Berwickshire was caused by the appointment of the sitting Liberal MP, Harold “Jack” Tennant as Secretary for Scotland.[2]

Process[edit]

The writ for the by-election was moved in Parliament on 10 July [3] and the returning officer, the Sheriff of Berwickshire, fixed 18 July for the nomination of candidates.[4]

Candidates[edit]

As the other political parties were collaborating in the wartime coalition government of H H Asquith, the Tories were not expected to oppose Tennant [5] and there was not, as yet, any tradition of Labour contesting Berwickshire.[6] In the absence of any other candidate, Tennant was duly returned unopposed on 18 July and, introduced by the Prime Minister and Eugene Wason MP, re-took his seat in the House of Commons on 20 July to cheers as Secretary for Scotland.[7]

The result[edit]

Berwickshire by-election, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Harold Tennant Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results, 1885-1918; Macmillan Press, 1974 pxiv
  2. ^ The Times, 11 November 1935, p14
  3. ^ The Times, 11 July 1916, p10
  4. ^ The Times, 14 July 1916, p5
  5. ^ The Times, 14 July 1916, p5
  6. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results, 1885-1918; Macmillan Press, 1974 p531
  7. ^ The Times, 21 July 1916, p10

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