Westminster Abbey by-election, 1939
|Labour||William S. Kennedy||5,255||22.5||N/A|
The Conservative candidate was Harold Webbe. The Labour candidate in 1935, William Kennedy, had been reselected to contest the next General Election; however, the Labour party decided not to contest the by-election. The Communist party, who had not contested the seat before, chose Dr Billy Carritt. In an attempt to revive the Popular Front strategy, Carritt stood as an Independent Progressive.
Carritt's campaign chairman was Liberal MP, Richard Acland. Both the constituency Liberal and Labour parties actively supported his campaign. Those who came to speak for him in the constituency included Liberal MP Wilfrid Roberts, expelled Labour MPs Sir Stafford Cripps and George Strauss and other public figures such as J.B. Priestley.
|Conservative||William Harold Webbe||9,678||67.4||-10.1|
|Independent Progressive||Dr G. Billy Carritt||4,674||32.6||N/A|
Carritt attracted the highest ever percentage poll of any anti-Conservative candidate in this seat. The performance revived interest nationally in electoral co-operation to defeat National Government candidates at a General Election, expected to take place later in the year.
|Conservative||William Harold Webbe||9,160||54.4||-23.1|
|Communist||Dr. G. Billy Carritt||2,964||17.6||N/A|
- "By-Elections In London." Times [London, England] 16 May 1939: 8. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 July 2016.