Wigan by-election, 1948

A by-election for the constituency of Wigan in the United Kingdom House of Commons was held on 4 March 1948, caused by the death of the incumbent Labour MP William Foster. The result was a hold for the Labour Party, with their candidate Ronald Williams.

The candidate Owen L Roberts was an ex-RAF Pathfinder observer who fought the election 'for the peace and prosperity of the country'[1]


Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ronald Williams 28,941 59.1
Conservative Harold Dowling 17,466 35.6
Communist T Rowlandson 1,647 3.7
King's Cavalier Owen L Roberts 932 1.6
Majority 11,475 23.4

Previous election

General Election 1945: Wigan[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Foster 31,392 68.2
Conservative ECL Hulbert-Powell 14,666 31.8
Majority 16,726 36.3
Turnout 80.4


  1. Goole News search The Glasgow Herald Archives
  2. "1948 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  3. "Politics Resources". Election 1945. Politics Resources. 5 July 1945. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
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