City of London by-election, 1940

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The City of London by-election, 1940 was a by-election held on 5 February 1940 for the British House of Commons constituency of City of London, which covered the "Square Mile" which was the United Kingdom's traditional financial district.

The by-election was caused by the resignation of one of the City's two Conservative Party Members of Parliament (MPs) Sir Alan Garrett Anderson, who had held the seat since a by-election in 1935.

In accordance with the war-time electoral pact, neither the Labour nor the Liberal parties fielded a candidate. The Conservatives did not defend the seat either, instead supporting the National candidate, Sir Andrew Rae Duncan, who had been brought in from industry to serve as President of the Board of Trade.

There being no other candidates, Duncan was returned unopposed.[citation needed]

Election results[edit]

City of London by-election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Rt Hon. Sir Andrew Rae Duncan Unopposed N/A N/A
National gain from Conservative Swing N/A
General Election 14 November 1935: City of London (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Alan Garrett Anderson Unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative Sir Thomas Vansittart Bowater, Bt Unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A


  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

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