South Ayrshire by-election, 1939

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The South Ayrshire by-election, 1939 was a parliamentary by-election held in the United Kingdom on 20 April 1939 for the House of Commons constituency of South Ayrshire in Scotland.

Previous MP[edit]

Previous Result[edit]

General Election, 14 November 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Brown 18,190 57.61
Unionist James MacAndrew 13,396 42.39
Majority 4,804 18.21
Turnout 31,576 78.03
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Candidates[edit]

Result[edit]

By-election 1939: Ayrshire South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alexander Sloan 17,908 57.97
Unionist Catherine Gavin 12,986 42.03
Majority 4,922 15.93
Turnout 30,894

Aftermath[edit]

In the 1945 general election,

General Election, 5 July 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alexander Sloan 21,235 61.3
Unionist Robert Mathew 13,382 38.7
Majority 7,853 22.7
Turnout 75.2
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press 1979)