Stourbridge by-election, 1927

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This was a parliamentary by-election for the British House of Commons constituency of Stourbridge. Stourbridge was one of the Worcestershire constituencies, bordering Bewdley, where the Conservative Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin sat.


Douglas Pielou who had been the Unionist MP here since 1922, died on 9 January 1927, at the age of 39, causing the by-election.

Electoral history[edit]

Pielou had gained the seat in 1922 from the Liberals. Since then, Labour had emerged as the main challenger, finishing a close second at the last General election in 1924;

General Election, 29 October 1924: Stourbridge[1] Electorate: 48,466
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Douglas Percival Pielou 16,023 39.5
Labour Wilfred Wellock 14,113 34.8
Liberal Geoffrey Le Measurer Mander 10,418 25.7
Majority 1,910
Unionist hold Swing


Henry Hogbin
  • The Unionist candidate chosen to defend the seat was 47-year-old Henry Hogbin. He had served briefly as the Liberal MP for Battersea South from 1923-24. At the 1924 election he had been defeated standing as a Constitutionalist despite the support of both Unionist and Liberal local Associations.
  • The Labour candidate was 50-year-old pacifist Wilfred Wellock. He was contesting the seat for the third time, having lost on the previous two occasions. He was imprisoned as a conscientious objector in the First World War.
  • The local Liberal association selected 41 year-old Glyn Edwards as their candidate. Edwards had traveled the country as a Factory Inspector. He then worked as a Barrister on the North Wales and Chester circuits.[2] He was standing as a Liberal candidate for parliament for the fourth time, having contested; West Bromwich in 1922 and 1923 and Cardiff Central in 1924.


Polling day was set for 23 February 1927, forty-five days after the death of Pielou, allowing for a reasonably lengthy campaign.


Labour gained the seat from the Unionists;

Stourbridge by-election, 23 February 1927[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Wilfred Wellock 16,561 41.9 +7.1
Unionist Henry Cairn Hogbin 13,462 34.0 -5.5
Liberal Aneurin John Glyn Edwards 9,535 24.1 -1.6
Majority 3,099
Labour gain from Unionist Swing


Wellock stood again here at the next General Election and was re-elected. Hogbin did not stand again. Edwards contested Burnley and finished third.

General Election, 30 May 1929: Stourbridge[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Wilfred Wellock 21,343 38.4 -3.5
Unionist Sir Herbert Stanley Reed 17,675 31.8 -2.2
Liberal Donald Leslie Finnemore 16,537 29.8 +5.7
Majority 3,668
Labour hold Swing


  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  2. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1929
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.