1936 Preston by-election

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The Preston by-election, 1936 was a parliamentary by-election held for the British House of Commons constituency of Preston on 25 November 1936. The seat had become vacant when the Conservative Member of Parliament William Kirkpatrick had resigned to take up the post of representative to China of the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

The Conservative candidate, Edward Cobb, held the seat for his party.

Preston by-election, 1936
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Cobb 32,575 48.8
Labour Frank Bowles 30,970 46.4
Independent F. White 3,221 4.8
Majority 1,605 2.4
Turnout 63,746 79.0 −3.6
Conservative hold Swing

See also


  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
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