Dulwich by-election, 1932

The Dulwich by-election, 1932 was a by-election held on 8 June 1932 for the British House of Commons constituency of Dulwich in South London.

The by-election was triggered by the death of the serving Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP), Sir Frederick Hall.

The Conservative and National candidate was Bracewell Smith, Mayor of Holborn and a member of London County Council. The Labour candidate was Helen Bentwich, a trade unionist. She was a niece of the Home Secretary, Sir Herbert Samuel, and had recently returned from Palestine where her husband, Norman Bentwich, had been Attorney-General. The Liberal candidate was Dr C. R. Cooke-Taylor, a medical practitioner who was running in the constituency for the seventh time.

The former Conservative member had had a large majority and the seat was considered a safe seat for the party. The major issues were the stringent financial policies of the National Government, and for the Liberal candidate, opposition to protectionism.

The result was much as expected, with turnout around two-thirds of what it had been in the previous year's general election. The Conservative candidate's majority was slashed in half, but the Liberal candidate slightly increased his vote, pushing Labour into third place.

Votes

Dulwich by-election, 1932
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bracewell Smith 12,342 61.0 -10.5
Liberal Dr C. R. Cooke-Taylor 3,998 19.8 +6.9
Labour Helen Bentwich 3,905 19.3 +3.7
Majority 8,344
Turnout 20,245 43%
Conservative hold Swing

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