Wansbeck by-election, 1929

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The Wansbeck by-election, 1929 was a by-election held on 13 February 1929 for the British House of Commons constituency of Wansbeck.


The by-election was triggered by the death the constituency's Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) George Warne, who had held the seat since the 1922 general election.


The local Liberal association had selected 39 year-old Harry Anson Briggs as their prospective candidate in 1928. Briggs had stood for the Liberals in the 1923 General Election at Sheffield Attercliffe and in the 1924 General Election at Buckrose. He was educated at Sheffield Secondary School and Sheffield University. He saw active service from 1914-18 in France and Belgium.[1]


The result was a victory for the Conservative candidate George Warne, who held the seat with a greatly increased majority.

Wansbeck by-election, 1929
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Warne 20,398 58.0 +5.1
Conservative Ian M Moffat-Pender 9,612 27.3 −19.8
Liberal Harry Anson Briggs 5,183 14.7 N/A
Majority 10,786 30.7 +24.9
Turnout 35,193 65.3 −14.1
Labour hold Swing +14.5

Warne was re-elected at the general election in May 1929.


  1. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1926

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