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.[1]

Preston by-election, 1929
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Jowitt 35,608 54.6
Conservative Alfred Bakewell Howitt 29,168 44.8
Independent Labour S. M. Holden 410 0.6
Majority 6,440 9.8
Turnout 65,186 79.6
Labour hold Swing

See also


  1. Conversation between Peter Hulse and Albert Ingham (the Liberal agent in Preston in 1929) at the Liberal Assembly in Harrogate in the 1980s
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