Stroud by-election, 1931

The Stroud by-election of 1931 was held on 21 May 1931. The by-election was held due to the resignation of the incumbent Conservative MP, Sir Frank Nelson. It was won by the Conservative candidate Walter Robert Dempster Perkins.[1]


The Liberal Party ran 56 year-old Arthur William Stanton of Field Place, Stroud.[2] Stanton was a solicitor.[3] He had been their candidate at both the 1924 and 1929 General Elections. Previously he had contested Gloucester for the Liberal Party at both the 1922 and 1923 General Elections.[4]


Stroud by-election, 1931
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Robert Dempster Perkins 17,641 49.6
Labour Sir Herbert John Maynard 10,688 30.0
Liberal Arthur William Stanton 7,267 20.4
Majority 6,953 19.6
Turnout 71.4
Conservative hold Swing


Following the formation of the National Government, the Liberals chose not to run a candidate at the 1931 General Election. Stanton did run again, at the 1935 General Election in Chippenham, again without success. In 1937 he was appointed High Sheriff of Gloucestershire.[5]


  2. The Liberal Year Book, 1926
  3. The Times House of Commons, 1935
  4. The Times House of Commons, 1929
  5. The London Gazette: no. 34381. p. 1819. 19 March 1937. Retrieved 17 April 2011.

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