Paisley by-election, 1948

The Paisley by-election, 1948 was a parliamentary by-election held on 18 February 1948 for the British House of Commons constituency of Paisley in Scotland. it was indirectly caused by the death of former Conservative Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin which had the effect of elevating his son, the sitting Labour MP Oliver Baldwin, Viscount Corvedale, to become Earl Baldwin of Bewdley.

The election was a straight fight between Douglas Harold Johnston for Labour and John MacCormick, a Scottish nationalist candidate with the support of the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party, with Johnston emerging the winner by 6,545 votes: Johnston received 27,213 votes to McCormick's 20,668.[1]

Paisley by-election, 1948[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Harold Johnston 27,213 56.8 +1.2
Independent Nationalist John MacCormick 20,668 43.2 N/A
Majority 6,545 13.7 -9.1
Turnout 47,881
Labour hold Swing


  1. 1 2 "1948 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
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