Leicester East by-election, 1922

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The Leicester East by-election of 1922 was held on 30 March 1922. The by-election was held due to the appointment as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales of the incumbent Coalition Liberal MP, Gordon Hewart. It was won by the Labour candidate George Banton.[1]


The Labour Party selected Leicester Council Alderman George Banton as their candidate. Leicester Council Alderman and former Mayor,[2] Sir Jonathan North was approached to be the Coalition Liberal candidate. However, Albert E. Marlow, President of the Federation of Boot and Shoe Manufacturers ended up as the Coalition Liberal candidate.[3] The Liberal Party approached Alderman Wakerley to be their candidate. Arnold Lupton a former Lincolnshire MP was an advocate of Liberal re-union and offered to stand as a compromise candidate.[4] The Liberals ultimately selected St Albans City Councillor Wilberforce Allen.


Leicester East by-election, 1922
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Banton 14,062 52.9 +25.8
Coalition Liberal Albert E. Marlow 8,710 32.8 n/a
Liberal Ronald Wilberforce Allen 3,825 14.4 n/a
Majority 5,352 20.1
Turnout 71.3 +5.7
Labour gain from Coalition Liberal Swing n/a


  1. ^ http://www.leighrayment.com/commons.htm
  2. ^ ‘NORTH, Lt-Col Sir Jonathan’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 7 June 2016
  3. ^ "Chertsey Election Candidates." Times [London, England] 13 Mar. 1922: 7. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 7 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Wolverhampton Poll To-Day." Times [London, England] 7 Mar. 1922: 12. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 7 June 2016.