Merthyr by-election, 1934

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The Merthyr by-election, 1934 was a parliamentary by-election held on 5 June 1934 for the British House of Commons constituency of Merthyr in Wales.

The seat had become vacant when the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Wallhead had died on 27 April 1934, aged 64. He had won the seat at the 1922 general election as a Labour candidate. At the 1931 general election, he had been returned as an Independent Labour Party (ILP) candidate, but had rejoined the Labour Party in 1933.

The Labour candidate, S. O. Davies, held the seat for his party.


Merthyr by-election, 1934
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour S. O. Davies 18,645 51.8
Liberal J. Victor Evans 10,376 28.9 N/A
Ind. Labour Party Campbell Stephen 3,508 9.8 -59.6
Communist Wal Hannington 3,409 9.5
Majority 8,269 22.9
Turnout 81.1 +0.3
Labour gain from Ind. Labour Party Swing +55.7

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