Berwick-upon-Tweed by-election, 1916

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The Berwick-upon-Tweed by-election of 1916 was held on 16 August 1916. The by-election was held due to the elevation to the peerage of the incumbent Liberal MP, Sir Edward Grey.

It was won by the Liberal candidate Sir Francis Blake.[1] Blake was unopposed by Conservative or Labour candidates due to a war time electoral truce where the three main parties would not put up candidates against one another. This meant that Blake was sometimes referred to as a "Coalitionist".[2] The unsuccessful candidate, Dr Arthur Turnbull, stood as an Independent, though one source has described him as an Independent Liberal.[3]

Berwick-upon-Tweed by-election, 1916[4] Electorate 9,454
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Francis Blake 3,794 85.9
Independent Arthur Turnbull 621 14.1
Majority 3,173 71.8
Turnout 46.7
Liberal hold Swing


  1. ^ "House of Commons". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  2. ^ "Papers Past — Dominion — 19 August 1916 — BERWICK BY-ELECTION". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  3. ^ "19 Aug 1916 - BERWICK BY-ELECTION. London, Aug. 17". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885–1918 by FWS Craig