Chesterton by-election, 1917

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The Chesterton by-election, 1917 was a parliamentary by-election held on 27 July 1917 for the House of Commons constituency of Chesterton also known as the Western Division of Cambridgeshire.


The by-election was caused by the appointment of the sitting Liberal MP, the Rt. Hon. Edwin Montagu as Secretary of State for India. [1] Under the Parliamentary rules of the day had to resign and fight a by-election.


Montagu was re-selected to fight the seat by his local Liberal Association and as the wartime truce between the political parties was in operation no opposing candidate was nominated against him.

The result[edit]

There being no other candidates putting themselves forward Montagu was returned unopposed. [2]

Chesterton by-election, 1917
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Edwin Samuel Montagu Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ Chandrika Kaul, Edwin Samuel Montagu in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online, 2004-11
  2. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results, 1885-1918; Macmillan Press, 1974 p227

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