The Newport By-Election and the Fall of the Coalition

  • John Ramsden


Newport was the only British by-election which brought down a government — such has been claimed and its influence has been widely accepted. Tom Jones noted in his diary:

Chamberlain’s effort to preserve the Coalition under the leadership of the Prime Minister defeated. Vote largely determined by Bonar Law’s speech and by the victory of the Conservative candidate at the Newport by-election an-nounced this morning, and partly by Chamberlain’s clumsy, unsympathetic, and unhumorous handling of the meeting itself.1


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Notes on Sources

  1. R. T. McKenzie, British Political Parties, 2nd ed. (1963).Google Scholar
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  12. Michael Kinnear’s The Fall of Lloyd George (1973) gives the most detailed account of the political background, but has nothing about Newport itself.Google Scholar

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© John Ramsden 1973

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