1842 Newcastle-under-Lyme by-election

The Newcastle-under-Lyme by-election of 14 June 1842 was caused by the voiding of the election in 1841 of the Liberal John Quincey Harris, on the grounds of bribery by his agents.[1] Mr. Harris, who had not been proved personally cognisant of the bribery, offered himself for reelection against the Conservative candidate John Campbell Colquhoun. The Conservatives publicly proclaimed before the poll their case the Mr Harris was barred from re-standing.[2]


Newcastle-under-Lyme, 1842[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Quincey Harris 499 51.0
Conservative John Campbell Colquhoun 479 49.0
Majority 20 2.0
Turnout 978 2.0
Liberal hold Swing

A further Election Committee convened on 21 July 1842[3] to consider a petition that Mr Harris was disqualified from re-standing in a by-election caused by the voiding of his own election, that this was notorious before the by-election, that votes cast for Harris were thrown away, and that Mr Colquhoun should be declared elected. The Committee agreed, and Mr Colquhoun was seated.[4]


  1. ^ "Election Committees". The Times Digital Archive. The Times. 12 May 1842. p. 3. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  2. ^ "Newcastle-under-Line Election Committee". The Times Digital Archive. The Times. 22 July 1842. p. 4. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  3. ^ a b "Newcastle Election". The Times Digital Archive. The Times. 16 June 1842. p. 4. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  4. ^ "Election Committees". The Times Digital Archive. The Times. 23 July 1842. p. 5. Retrieved 2018-01-01.