Kendal by-election, 1913

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The Kendal by-election was a Parliamentary by-election. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

Vacancy[edit]

Josceline Bagot was twice returned as Conservative MP for Kendal (1892–1906 and 1910–1913),[1] He died on 1 March 1913.

Previous result[edit]

General Election December 1910 Electorate 6,546
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Josceline Bagot 3,041 52.7
Liberal William Somervell 2,733 47.3
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Candidates[edit]

Somervell

John Weston was selected by the Unionists to defend the seat. The Liberals chose local man William Somervell who had stood here last time.

Campaign[edit]

Result[edit]

Kendal by-election, 1913 Electorate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Unionist John Weston 3,261 54.9 +2.2
Liberal William Somervell 2,680 45.1 -2.2
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing +2.2

Somervell explained his defeat, and the doubling of the Unionist majority, by claiming that Weston (who stood as an Independent Unionist) had been elected because he was a ‘semi-Liberal’ and a popular local man.[2]

Aftermath[edit]

Somervell was to enter parliament at a by-election in May 1918, holding a Liberal seat. Following boundary changes, Kendal was merged into the new Westmorland seat for the 1918 elections.

General Election 14 December 1918: Westmorland Electorate 30,516
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist unopposed
Unionist hold Swing
  • Weston was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Josceline Bagot (Hansard)". hansard.millbanksystems.com. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  2. ^ The Times, 20 March 1913 p6
  • Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  • Who's Who: www.ukwhoswho.com
  • Debrett's House of Commons 1916