Wisbech by-election, 1917

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The Wisbech by-election, 1917 was a by-election held on 14 December 1917 for the House of Commons constituency of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.


Neil Primrose

The election was caused by the death of sitting Liberal MP, the Hon. Neil Primrose MC, the son of the former Liberal prime minister Lord Rosebery on 15 November 1917. [1]Primrose died of wounds received in battle at Gezer during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign.


The Liberals selected Colin Coote, a serving officer in the Gloucestershire Regiment [2]who was granted leave to contest the election. [3] Being their partners in the coalition government of David Lloyd George, the Unionists also supported Coote’s nomination and no other candidates came forward.

The result[edit]

Accordingly, Coote was returned unopposed. At 24 years of age, he was one of the youngest members of the House.

Colin Coote
Wisbech by-election, December 1917: Wisbech
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Liberal Colin Coote Unopposed N/A N/A
Coalition Liberal hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ The Times, 19 November 1917 p6
  2. ^ The Times, 19 November 1917 p6
  3. ^ Lord Deedes, (rev) in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online, 2004-10

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