1911 Govan by-election

The 1911 Govan by-election was a Parliamentary by-election. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

Electoral historyEdit

General election December 1910: Govan Electorate 17,995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Hunter 8,409 56.9
Conservative George Balfour 6,369 43.1
Majority 2,040 13.8
Turnout 14,778
Liberal hold Swing

CandidatesEdit

ResultEdit

By-Election 22 December 1911: Govan Electorate 18,395
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Daniel Holmes 7,508 53.1 -3.8
Conservative George Balfour 6,522 46.9 +3.8
Majority 986 6.2 -7.6
Turnout 14,030
Liberal hold Swing

AftermathEdit

A general election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place.

General Election 1914/15: Electorate 22,559
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Daniel Holmes
Ind. Labour Party Neil Maclean
General election 14 December 1918: Electorate 31,652
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ind. Labour Party Neil Maclean 9,577 47.8 New
Unionist
  • Alexander McClure
8,762 43.8 +0.7
Liberal Daniel Holmes 1,678 8.4 -58.8
Majority 815 4.0 N/A
Turnout 20,017
Ind. Labour Party gain from Liberal Swing
  • McClure was the endorsed candidate of the Coalition Government.

ReferencesEdit

  • 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