Liverpool Kirkdale by-election, 1915

The Liverpool Kirkdale by-election, 1915 was a parliamentary by-election held in England on 15 February 1915 for the House of Commons constituency of Liverpool Kirkdale.


The by-election was caused by the resignation of the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), Colonel Gerald Kyffin-Taylor due to his military commitments.[1]

The writ for the by-election was moved in the Commons on 10 February by Lord Edmund Talbot, the MP for Chichester.[2]


During World War I, the major political parties had agreed not to contest by-elections when seats held by their respective parties fell vacant. The Conservative candidate John Pennefather was therefore returned unopposed, without any need for a vote.[3] He took his seat in the Commons on 17 February.[4]


  1. National Archives
  2. "House Of Commons". The Times. 11 February 1915. p. 10. Retrieved 30 August 2012.(subscription required)
  3. Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1989]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 142. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  4. "New Members". The Times. 18 February 1915. p. 14. Retrieved 30 August 2012.(subscription required)

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