Liverpool Wavertree by-election, 1931

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The Liverpool Wavertree by-election, 1931 was a parliamentary by-election held in England for the House of Commons constituency of Liverpool Wavertree on 23 June 1931. It was won by the Conservative Party candidate Ronald Nall-Cain.


The seat had become vacant when the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), John Tinne had resigned his seat on 3 June 1931. Tinne had held the seat since the 1924 general election.


The Conservative candidate was Ronald Nall-Cain, a wealthy barrister and a Hertfordshire County Councillor, while the Labour Party selected S.L. Treleaven. Neither candidate had previously stood for Parliament.


The Liberal candidate had won nearly 30% of the vote at the 1929 general election, but the party did not contest the by-election. Most of the Liberal vote went to the Conservatives, and on a reduced turnout Nall-Cain held the seat with a massively increased majority.

Nall-Cain was re-elected at the general election in October 1931, and held the seat until the death in late 1934 of his father Charles, whom he succeeded as Baron Brocket, triggering another by-election.


Liverpool Wavertree by-election, 1931
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald Nall-Cain 18,687 65.0 +25.0
Labour S. L. Treleaven 10,042 35.0 +2.8
Majority 8,645 30.0 +22.2
Turnout 28,729 51.7 −26.4
Conservative hold Swing 11.2
General Election 1929: Liverpool Wavertree
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Tinne 16,880 40.0 −7.4
Labour S. L. Treleaven 13,585 32.2 −2.8
Liberal H. R. Rathbone 11,723 27.8 +10.2
Majority 3,295 7.8 −4.6
Turnout 42,188 78.1 −2.2
Conservative hold Swing −2.3

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