Inverness by-election, 1922

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The Inverness by-election, 1922 was a by-election held on 16 March 1922 for the British House of Commons constituency of Inverness.


The by-election was caused by the resignation of the sitting Coalition Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Rt Hon. Sir Thomas Brash Morison, upon his appointment as a Senator of the College of Justice. Morison had held the seat since 1917.

Electoral history[edit]

At the last general election, the Liberal candidate, Sir Thomas Morison was elected with the endorsement of the Coalition Government.

Thomas Morison
General Election, 1918: Inverness[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir Thomas Brash Morison 7,991 n/a
Highland Land League George James Bruce 2,930 n/a
Majority n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal win


The Inverness Liberal Association chose as their candidate to defend the seat, Sir Murdoch Macdonald. Macdonald was a supporter of the Coalition Government and received the additional support of the Inverness Unionist Association. The Scottish Liberal Federation, who were opposed to the Coalition Government, organised support for Mackenzie Livingstone, who was adopted as an Independent Liberal candidate.[2]


The result was a victory for the Coalition Liberal candidate.

By-election 1922: Inverness
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Liberal Sir Murdoch Macdonald 8,340 51.0
Independent Liberal Alexander Mackenzie Livingstone 8,024 49.0
Majority 316 2.0
Turnout 50.1
Coalition Liberal hold Swing


General Election, 1922: Inverness[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Sir Murdoch Macdonald 9,796
Independent Liberal Alexander Mackenzie Livingstone 8,785
Majority 1,011
National Liberal hold Swing

Sir Murdoch Macdonald held the seat until he retired in 1950 aged 83.


  1. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  2. ^ "News in Brief." Times [London, England] 6 Mar. 1922: 9. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 7 June 2016.
  3. ^ The Times, 20 November 1922

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