|Liberal Unionist||Ernest Craig||5,925||43.7||-0.5|
The Liberal party had won every election in Crewe, since the seat was created in 1885 apart from the 1895 election, when a Conservative won.
The Liberal candidate was 30-year-old Harold Lawson Murphy, a lecturer in Political Economy from Dublin University. He had trained as a solicitor and was secretary to the Liberal Cabinet Minister, Sir John Simon.
The Unionist candidate was Ernest Craig, who had been the unsuccessful Liberal Unionist candidate here in December 1910.
The Labour party, who had not fielded a candidate in December 1910 having fielded a candidate in January 1910, decided to re-enter the contest. Their candidate was James Holmes who was a member of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants.
Given the intervention of the Labour party, the result of the previous three-way contest is relevant;
|Liberal Unionist||John Lane Harrington||5,419||37.2||-3.2|
|Labour||Frank Herbert Rose||1,380||9.5||n/a|
|Liberal||Harold Lawson Murphy||5,294||37.7||-18.6|
The intervention of the Labour candidate took enough votes from the Liberal candidate to help the Unionist candidate win.
A General Election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election;
Following the by-election the Labour party decided to re-adopt Holmes as their prospective parliamentary candidate. The National Union of Railwaymen agreed to be his sponsor. However Holmes was concerned that another election where the progressive vote was split would result in another Unionist victory. He called for the Labour and Liberal parties to come to some sort of electoral arrangement as had been the practice in the past. In response, the Labour party decided to drop him as prospective candidate. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place. Joseph Davies, who had been adopted as Liberal candidate back in 1913 was a supporter of David Lloyd George and in 1918 was granted the 'Coalition Coupon'. As a result, Ernest Craig withdrew and did not defend the seat he had won 6 years earlier.
|Labour||James Thomas Brownlie||10,439||43.8||+26.1|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||-3.8|
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- Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
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- Who's Who: www.ukwhoswho.com
- Debrett's House of Commons 1916