Hythe by-election, 1912

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

Electoral history

Sassoon was returned unopposed at the previous election. The previous election to that was contested and the result was as follows;

General Election January 1910: Hythe[1] Electorate 6,541
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Edward Albert Sassoon 3,746 65.7
Liberal W Clarke Hall 1,954 34.3
Majority 1,792 31.4
Turnout 87.1
Conservative hold Swing


Sir Edward Albert Sassoon

S Moorhouse


Sassoon held his seat, however compared with the January 1910 election result, his Unionist majority dropped slightly;

Hythe by-election, 1912[2] Electorate 6,964
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Philip Albert Gustave David Sassoon 3,722 65.0 -0.7
Liberal S Moorhouse 2,004 35.0 +0.7
Majority 1,718 30.0 -1.4
Turnout 82.2
Unionist hold Swing -0.7


A General Election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidate had been adopted to contest that election;

Due to the outbreak of war, the election didn't take place until 1918;

General Election 14 December 1918: Hythe[3] Electorate 19,896
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 8,809
Labour Robert William Forsyth 3,427
Unionist hold Swing


  1. British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, F.W.S. Craig
  2. British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, F.W.S. Craig
  3. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, F.W.S. Craig
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