1932 Croydon South by-election
The seat had become vacant when the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), Sir William Mitchell-Thomson had been elevated to the peerage as Baron Selsdon. He had held the seat since the 1923 general election.
The local Liberal association, who had polled a strong third in 1929 but had not stood in 1931 selected barrister Alun Llewellyn to run as their candidate. However, a week later, Llewellyn decided to withdraw. He did contest the seat at the subsequent general election.
On a low turnout, the result was a victory for Williams: a swing of 12.8% to Labour merely reduced the Conservative majority from huge to large. He was re-elected in 1935, but defeated at the 1945 general election.
|Labour||Rudolph Putnam Messel||9,189||32.5||+12.8|
- Western Morning News Devon, 14 Jan 1932
- Dundee Courier Angus, 21 Jan 1932
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)