Plymouth Sutton by-election, 1919

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The Plymouth Sutton by-election, 1919 was a parliamentary by-election held on 28 November, 1919[1] for the British House of Commons constituency of Sutton in the city of Plymouth, Devon.

The seat had become vacant when the constituency's Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), Waldorf Astor, succeeded the peerage as the second Viscount Astor on the death of his father on 18 October 1919.

Astor had held the seat since the 1918 general election, and its predecessor Plymouth since the December 1910 general election.



Lady Astor retained the seat. She became the first woman to take up her seat in the Commons (the first woman to be elected, Countess Markievicz, the Sinn Féin MP for Dublin St Patrick's, refused to take her seat).


Plymouth Sutton by-election, 1919
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Conservative Lady Astor 14,495
Labour William Thomas Gay 9,292
Liberal Isaac Foot 4,139
Majority 5,203
Coalition Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1918: Plymouth Sutton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Conservative Waldorf Astor 17,091 N/A
Labour William Thomas Gay 5,334 N/A
Liberal Capt. Sidney Ransom 3,488 N/A
Majority 11,757
Turnout 59.6 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

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  2. ^ Joyce Bellamy, "Mercer, Thomas William (1884-1947)", Dictionary of Labour Biography, vol.I, pp.238-239