Keighley by-election, 1911

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A by-election was held in Keighley constituency in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1911 to fill a vacancy in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.


The vacancy was caused by the death on 30 September 1911 of Sir John Brigg, who had been the Liberal MP for Keighley since 1895.

Electoral history[edit]

General Election December 1910: Keighley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Brigg unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a


  • The Liberals chose Stanley Buckmaster to defend a seat the party had held since it was created in 1885. He had been Liberal MP for Cambridge until his defeat in January 1910. He had failed to regain Cambridge in December 1910.
  • The Conservative candidate was William Mitchell Acworth who had contested the seat as a Liberal Unionist in 1906 and January 1910, but did not contest the December 1910 elections.
  • Although a Socialist had stood here in 1906 and finished third, the Labour party had not contested the seat before. This time they chose to run a Scotsman William Crawford Anderson as their candidate. Anderson had been Chairman of the Independent Labour Party since 1910.


The by-election was held on 27 October. The seat was held for the Liberals by Stanley Buckmaster, who gained 39% of the vote and obtained a majority of 825 over a Conservative and a Labour candidate.

S.O. Buckmaster
Keighley by-election, 1911
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Stanley Buckmaster 4,667 39.0
Conservative William Mitchell Acworth 3,842 32.1
Labour William Crawford Anderson 3,452 28.9
Liberal hold Swing


In 1913 Buckmaster was appointed Solicitor General and required to fight another by-election

Keighley by-election, 1913
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Stanley Buckmaster 4,730 38.7
Unionist Henry Lascelles 3,852 31.5
Labour William Bland 3,646 29.8
Liberal hold Swing

Anderson was elected MP for Sheffield Attercliffe in 1914. Acworth did not contest another election.