Hanley by-election, 1928

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The Hanley by-election of 1928 was held on 23 April 1928. The by-election was held due to the death of the incumbent Labour MP, Samuel Clowes. It was won by the Labour candidate Arthur Hollins.[1]


The Liberal Party candidate was Walter Meakin, a 52-year-old Stafford man. Meakin was born in 1876 and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. He qualified as a Barrister-at-law but did not practise. From 1915-19 he served in France with the 5th North Staffordshire Regiment. He then served as a Justice of the Peace. Meakin had stood for parliament before, at five general elections: December 1910 at West Staffordshire, 1918 at Stafford, 1922 at Birmingham King's Norton and 1923 and 1924 at Stone. In 1923, he had finished second, just 314 votes behind the Conservative. He had been re-selected to contest Stone for a third time at the next general election,[2] but was drafted for the Hanley by-election.


Hanley by-election, 1928[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Hollins 15,136
Unionist Alfred Denville 6,604
Liberal Walter Meakin 3,390
Labour hold Swing


Following the by-election Walter Meakin returned to contest Stone at the 1929 and 1931 General Elections, before contesting Loughborough at the 1935 General Election, each time without success.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.leighrayment.com/commons.htm
  2. ^ The Liberal Yearbook, 1927
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1929-35