1918 General Election
Independent Unionist gain from Liberal / Robert Hewitt Barker
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| ||Independent Unionist||Barker, Robert Hewitt||8,287||37%||N/A|
| ||Labour||Ogden, John William||7,306||32.7%||N/A|
| ||Liberal||Higham, John Sharp||6,778||30.3%||N/A|
|981||4.3%||N/A||22,371||65.2%||N/A||N/A The coalition government pressurised the local Unionists to withdraw their nominee ahead of the election. However, this angered some local members who persuaded the local branch of the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers to sponsor Barker, who was known to be a Unionist. Higham was given the coupon but repudiated it.