Preston by-election, 1929
The Preston by-election, 1929 was a parliamentary by-election held in England for the House of Commons constituency of Preston on 31 July 1929. The seat had become vacant when the Liberal Member of Parliament William Jowitt had resigned his seat after changing his party allegiance.
Standing as a Liberal, Jowitt had won one of Preston's two seats at the general election in May 1929, having previously been Liberal MP for The Hartlepools from 1922 to 1924. After his return to the Commons in 1929, he was offered the post of Attorney General for England and Wales in the new Labour Government. He accepted the post, but resigned from parliament and stood for re-election to allow voters to decide whether to accept his change of party.
Jowitt held the seat with an increased majority. The Liberals did not put forward a candidate, being demoralised following Jowitt's defection, and also lacking funds to fight an election. They have not been a force at parliamentary level in Preston since.
|Conservative||Alfred Bakewell Howitt||29,168||44.8|
|Independent Labour||S. M. Holden||410||0.6|
- Preston (UK Parliament constituency)
- Preston by-election, 1903
- Preston by-election, 1915
- Preston by-election, 1936
- Preston by-election, 1940
- Preston by-election, 1946
- Preston by-election, 2000
- List of United Kingdom by-elections
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