Dulwich by-election, 1932

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Dulwich in the County of London 1918-1949.

The Dulwich by-election, 1932 was a by-election held on 8 June 1932 for the British House of Commons constituency of Dulwich in South London.


The by-election was triggered by the death of the serving Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP), Sir Frederick Hall.

Electoral history[edit]

The former Conservative member had a large majority and the seat was considered a safe seat for the party. The result of the last election was;

General Election 1931: Dulwich
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Frederick Hall 21,752
Labour F. Hughes 4,747
Liberal Charles Ralph Cooke-Taylor 3,924
Majority 17,005
Conservative hold Swing


Dr Charles Cooke-Taylor


The major issues were the stringent financial policies of the National Government, and for the Liberal candidate, opposition to protectionism.


The result was much as expected, with turnout around two-thirds of what it had been in the previous year's general election. The Conservative candidate's majority was slashed in half, but the Liberal candidate slightly increased his vote, pushing Labour into third place.

Dulwich by-election, 1932 Electorate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bracewell Smith 12,342 61.0 -10.5
Liberal Charles Ralph Cooke-Taylor 3,998 19.8 +6.9
Labour Helen Caroline Bentwich 3,905 19.3 +3.7
Majority 8,344
Turnout 20,245 43%
Conservative hold Swing


General Election 1935: Dulwich Electorate 43,025
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Bracewell Smith 16,870
Labour J V Delahaye 7,142
Liberal Charles Ralph Cooke-Taylor 3,743
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]


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