Liverpool Kirkdale by-election, 1907

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The Liverpool Kirkdale by-election, 1907 was a by-election held in England on 27 September 1907 for the House of Commons constituency of Liverpool Kirkdale, a division of the city of Liverpool.


The seat had become vacant when the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), David MacIver had died on 1 September 1907, aged 67.[1] He had held the seat since being elected unopposed at a by-election in 1898,[2][3] having previously been MP for Birkenhead from 1874 to 1885.[4]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General election, January 1906 [3]
Electorate: 10,596
Turnout: 6,284 (65.2%) +8.4
Conservative hold
Majority: 592 (8.6%) −34.2
David MacIver Conservative 3,749 54.3 −17.1
James Conley Labour 3,157 45.7 n/a


The Liberal Unionist candidate was 63-year-old Charles McArthur, who had been the MP for Liverpool Exchange from 1897 until his defeat at the 1906 general election.

John Hill

The Labour Party candidate was 42-year-old John Hill, a Scottish trade unionist who unsuccessfully contested Glasgow Govan at the 1906 general election.


On a slightly increased turnout, the result was a narrow victory for McArthur, who slightly increased his majority of that won by McIver in 1906.

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
By-election, September 1907 [3]
death of MacIver
Electorate: 10,529
Turnout: 7,330 (69.6%) +4.4
Conservative hold
Majority: 670 (9.2%) +0.6
Swing: 0.3% from Lab to Con
Charles MacArthur Conservative 4,000 54.6 +0.3
John Hill Labour 3,330 45.4 −0.3


McArthur held the seat at the January 1910 general election, but died in office later that year, triggering another by-election.

Hill did not stand for Parliament again, but became general secretary of the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders in 1909, and served as President of the Trades Union Congress in 1917.

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  1. ^ "Death of a Member of Parliament". The Times. 2 September 1907. p. 7. Retrieved 30 August 2012. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Election Intelligence. Liverpool (Kirkdale Division)". The Times. 28 September 1907. p. 6. Retrieved 30 August 2012. (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1989]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 142. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  4. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, and the Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. 1901. p. 97. Retrieved 30 August 2012.