Monmouth Boroughs by-election, 1901

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The constituency as it existed 1885-1918 (shown in pink) within Monmouthshire

The Monmouth Boroughs by-election, 1901 was a by-election held on 7 May 1901 for the British House of Commons constituency of Monmouth Boroughs.

The by-election was triggered by the unseating of the Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) Frederick Rutherfoord Harris, as a result of an election petition alleging irregularities in election spending.

Albert Spicer

The Liberal candidate was Albert Spicer, who had previously been the sitting MP but had lost in the previous general election. The result was a victory for the Conservative candidate Sheriff Joseph Lawrence, who held the seat, although the party's majority was halved.


Monmouth Boroughs by-election, 1901[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Joseph Lawrence 4,604 51.9
Liberal Albert Spicer 4,261 48.1
Majority 343 1.8
Turnout 8,865
Conservative hold Swing


Despite the intervention of a Labour Representation Committee candidate, the Liberal Party gained the seat;

General Election 1906 Monmouth Boroughs[2] Electorate 11,207
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Lewis Haslam 4,531 44.7 -3.4
Conservative E E Micholls 3,939 38.8 -13.1
Labour James Whinstone 1,678 16.5 n/a
Majority 592 5.9 7.7
Turnout 90.6
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +4.8


  1. ^ The Constitutional Year Book, 1904, published by Conservative Central Office, page 171 (195 in web page)
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)

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