South Norfolk by-election, 1898

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The South Norfolk by-election, 1898 was a by-election held on 12 May 1898 for the British House of Commons constituency of South Norfolk.

The election was triggered by the resignation on grounds of ill-health of the sitting Liberal Unionist Party former Liberal Member of Parliament (MP), Francis Taylor.

The result of the election was a clear win for Arthur Wellesley Soames the Liberal candidate over his Unionist opponent. Soames was a Liberal in the Radical tradition and he was described as a Radical during the election.


South Norfolk by-election, 1898[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Arthur Wellesley Soames 4,625
Conservative Sancroft Holmes 3,295
Majority 1,330


  1. ^ The Constitutional Year Book, 1904, published by Conservative Central Office, page 150 (174 in web page)

The Times, 14 May 1898