1889 West Carmarthenshire by-election
The Liberals had won the seat comfortably in 1885, with Powell heavily defeating the former Conservative member for Carmarthenshire, Viscount Emlyn. The party moved quickly to choose a new candidate and there was a strong feeling that the new candidate should be a nonconformist. Their choice fell upon John Lloyd Morgan, son of William Morgan, former principal of the Presbyterian College at Carmarthen, who was chosen unanimously following a selection conference at Carmarthen.
There was no certainty that the Conservatives would contest the seat, and an editorial in the Liberal-inclined Carmarthen newspaper, the Welshman, expressed the view that unless the former member, Lord Emlyn, could be induced to come forward, the party's prospects were poor. Emlyn declined, and the Conservative choice, fell upon Hugh Williams-Drummond, a member of another prominent Carmarthenshire family.
Thus, within a couple of weeks, both the Liberal and Conservative parties had chosen candidates who were of a similar age and who were both fighting their first parliamentary campaign. John Lloyd Morgan, the Liberal candidate, was thought to have an advantage over his Conservative opponent, Hugh Williams-Drummond, in that he was known to the electorate, having spoken for the former member at the previous election.
|Liberal||John Lloyd Morgan||4,252||62.7|
|Conservative||Hugh Henry John Williams-Drummond||2,533||37.3|
- "Conference of Liberals at Carmarthen". Welshman. 5 July 1889.
- "editorial". Welshman. 5 July 1889.
- "Editorial". Carmarthen Journal. 12 July 1889. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "West Carmarthenshire Election". Carmarthen Journal. 19 July 1889. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- The Constitutional Year Book, 1904, published by Conservative Central Office, page 177 (201 in web page)
- British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)