Pembrokeshire by-election, 1908

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The Pembrokeshire by-election of 1908 was held on 16 July 1908. The by-election was held due to the elevation to the peerage of the incumbent Liberal MP, John Wynford Philipps. It was won by the Liberal candidate Walter Roch.[1]

Walter Roch


Roch had the support of the MPs W. Llewelyn Williams and W. Jones of the United Kingdom Alliance and the Free Trade League respectively. The Miners' Federation of Great Britain also strongly supported Roch. Lort Williams, the Conservative candidate, was supported by emissaries from the Tariff Reform League and the National Trade Defence Association.[2]

A formidable group of Suffragettes (including Emmeline Pankhurst) came to Pembrokeshire to campaign against Roch,[2] not because they disliked him, or supported Lort-Williams, but because H.H. Asquith, the Liberal Prime Minister, was inmovably opposed to the enfranchisement of women.[3]


Pembrokeshire by-election, 1908 [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Walter Roch 5,460
Conservative John Lort-Williams 3,286
Majority 2,174
Liberal hold Swing


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  2. ^ a b "PEMBROKE VACANCY". Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser. 4 July 1908. Retrieved 4 February 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Use your vote: the Suffragette movement in Pembrokeshire remembered, Western Telegraph, by Joanna Sayers, 10 April 2015
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)