John Kerr (British politician)
Kerr, who lived in East Lothian, was the principal owner of Dick, Kerr, and Company Ltd, which carried out large contracts for the construction of tram and cable lines in London, Edinburgh and other cities.
He unsuccessfully contested the 1900 general election in his home area of Haddingtonshire. In April 1903 Robert William Hanbury, the Conservative MP for Preston, died aged 58. In the preceding years, Kerr's company had opened extensive tram and electrical equipment factories in Preston, employing nearly 2,000 people, and he was selected as the Conservative candidate for the resulting by-election in May 1903. The Times newspaper reported that he described himself as a firm supporter of the government and as "a thorough Imperialist, believing the maintenance of the Empire as a whole to be essential to the prosperity, if not continued existence, of Britain as an independent Power". The Liberal Party backed the Labour candidate, trade unionist John Hodge, who had the support of the local temperance movement and reported the defection of many local working-class Conservatives to the Labour cause. However, Kerr won the seat with a majority of 14% of the votes over Hodge, his sole opponent.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)
- "Election Intelligence. Preston.". The Times. London. p. 5.
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- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 542. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- "Election Intelligence.". The Times. London. 8 May 1903. p. 5.
- "Election Intelligence.". The Times. London. 9 May 1903. p. 12.
- "Election Intelligence.". The Times. London. 12 May 1903. p. 7.
- "Election Intelligence. Preston". The Times. London. 14 May 1903. p. 7.
- "No. 27553". The London Gazette. 19 May 1903. p. 3149.
- Craig, page 173
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Kerr
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