The Liberal Party candidate was Walter Meakin, a 52-year-old Stafford man. Meakin was born in 1876 and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. He qualified as a Barrister-at-law but did not practise. From 1915-19 he served in France with the 5th North Staffordshire Regiment. He then served as a Justice of the Peace. Meakin had stood for parliament before, at five general elections: December 1910 at West Staffordshire, 1918 at Stafford, 1922 at Birmingham King's Norton and 1923 and 1924 at Stone. In 1923, he had finished second, just 314 votes behind the Conservative. He had been re-selected to contest Stone for a third time at the next general election, but was drafted for the Hanley by-election.
- The Liberal Yearbook, 1927
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
- The Times House of Commons, 1929-35