Cheltenham by-election, 1937

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The Cheltenham by-election, 1937 was a parliamentary by-election held on 22 June 1937 for the British House of Commons constituency of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.

The seat had become vacant when the constituency's Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), Sir Walter Preston, had resigned from the House of Commons on 27 May 1937. He had held the seat since a by-election in 1928, having previously been MP for Mile End from 1918 to 1923.

The local Conservative party refused to endorse Daniel Lipson as its candidate following an anti-Jewish whispering campaign. Lipson won as an Independent Conservative and was re-elected at the 1945 general election as a National Independent, although his vote collapsed in the 1950 election when he lost to the Conservative Party candidate William Hicks Beach.


Cheltenham by-election, 22nd June 1937
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Conservative Daniel Lipson 10,533 40.0 N/A
Conservative R. T. Harper 10,194 38.8 −31.7
Labour Cyril Poole 5,570 21.2 −8.3
Majority 339 1.2
Turnout 69.3 −1.1
Independent Conservative gain from Conservative Swing

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