Stockport by-election, 1925

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The Stockport by-election, 1925 was a by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Stockport in Cheshire on 17 September 1925. The by-election was won by the Labour Party candidate Arnold Townend.

Vacancy[edit]

The Conservative MP William Greenwood had died on 19 August 1925, aged 50. He had held the seat his election as a Coalition Conservative at a by-election in 1920.

Candidates[edit]

The Liberal Party candidate was 55-year-old Henry Fildes, who had been also been elected at the 1920 by-election one of the constituency's two MPs, but lost his seat at the 1923 general election. He had not contested the 1924 general election.

The Labour Party candidate was 45-year-old Arnold Townend, who had been unsuccessful in Manchester Blackley at the 1918 and 1922 general elections.

The Conservative candidate was T. Eastham.

Result[edit]

On a high turnout, the vote split three ways, and Townend won the seat for Labour only 36.5% of the votes. He was re-elected at the 1929 general election, but heavily defeated at the 1931 general election when Labour slit over Ramsay MacDonald's formation of a National Government.

Henry Fildes
Stockport by-election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arnold Townend 20,219 36.5
Conservative T. Eastham 17,892 32.3
Liberal Henry Fildes 17,296 31.2
Majority 2,327 4.2
Turnout 55,407 85.7 −0.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1924: Stockport
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Greenwood 28,057 31.6
Conservative Samuel Hammersley 26,417 29.7
Labour Arnold Townend 21,986 24.8 +6.8
Liberal Charles Royle 12,386 13.9
Turnout 88,846 85.9 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

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