Colne Valley by-election, 1907
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Sir James Kitson had been Liberal MP for the seat of Colne Valley since the 1892 General Election. He was created Baron Airedale on 17 July 1907 and resigned to take a seat in the House of Lords.
The seat was re-gained from the Liberal Unionists in 1892;
|Liberal||Sir James Kitson||unopposed||n/a||n/a|
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The local Liberal Association selected Philip Bright to defend the seat. He was the son of John Bright the famous Free-trader. The Conservatives selected 35-year-old barrister, Sir Granville Charles Hastings Wheler, 1st (and last) Baron of Otterden, as their candidate. He had contested Osgoldcross at the last General Election.
He was born in Liverpool and became an apprentice engineer. He joined the Independent Labour Party and toured the country giving lectures, becoming a well-known orator despite having a stammer. Polling Day was fixed for 18 July 1907.
Grayson gained the seat;
|Independent Labour||Albert Victor Grayson||3,648||35.2||n/a|
|Conservative||Granville Charles Hastings Wheler||3,227||31.1||n/a|
|Independent Labour gain from Liberal||Swing||n/a|
Wheler was elected at Faversham at the next General Election. Grayson was defeated by a new Liberal candidate;
|Independent Labour||Albert Victor Grayson||3,149||27.1||-8.1|
|Liberal gain from Independent Labour||Swing||+7.6|
- British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, palgrave.com; accessed 5 May 2017.