Dulwich by-election, 1903


Dulwich by-election, 1903

The Dulwich by-election, 1903 was a by-election held on 15 December 1903 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 John Blundell Maple.

The Unionist (Conservative) candidate was Dr Frederick Rutherfoord Harris, who had previously been elected MP for Monmouth Boroughs in the 1900 general election but was disqualified the next year as a result of an election petition alleging irregularities. The Liberal Party candidate was Charles Masterman.

The main issue in the by-election, as with the Lewisham by-election held on the same day, was tariff reform. Harris was a supporter of Joseph Chamberlain's proposals for Imperial Preference and was supported by the Tariff Reform League. Harris's involvement in the Jameson Raid affair was raised by his opponents.

Votes

Dulwich by-election, 1903
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Rutherfoord Harris 5,819 57.0
Liberal Charles Masterman 4,382 43.0
Majority 1,437 14.0
Turnout 10,201
Conservative hold Swing

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