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1930 East Renfrewshire by-election

The East Renfrewshire by-election, 1930 was a parliamentary by-election held on 28 November 1930 for the British House of Commons constituency of East Renfrewshire in Scotland.

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The seat had become vacant on when the constituency's Unionist Member of Parliament (MP), Alexander Munro MacRobert, had died on 18 October 1930, aged 57. He had been East Renfrewshire's MP since winning the seat from Labour at the 1924 general election.


The Unionist candidate was The Marquess of Clydesdale, eldest son of the 13th Duke of Hamilton.

The Independent Labour Party candidate was T. Irwin, and Oliver Brown stood for the National Party of Scotland.

The Liberal Party did not field a candidate; it had last contested the seat in 1923, finishing a poor third.


On a slightly-reduced turnout, the result was a victory for The Marquess of Clydesdale, who won 52% of the votes. He was re-elected at the next two general elections, remaining East Renfrewshire's MP until he succeeded to the Dukedom in 1940, triggering another by-election.


East Renfrewshire by-election, 28 November 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Douglas Douglas-Hamilton 19,753 53.6 +1.4
Ind. Labour Party T. Irwin 12,293 33.3 N/A
National (Scotland) Oliver Brown 4,818 13.1 N/A
Majority 7,460 20.3 +15.9
Turnout 69.0 −17.8
Unionist hold Swing
General election, 1929: East Renfrewshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Alexander Munro MacRobert 18,487 52.2 +0.2
Labour J. M. Munro 16,924 47.8 −0.2
Majority 13,646 21.5 −11.2
Turnout 63,189 75.9 −4.8
Unionist hold Swing −6.6


  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

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