161R. Harrod to G. G. A. Murray, 3 May 1929 [a]

Harrod explains how the mathematics of votes counting excludes that the presence of a Labour candidate could diminish Murray's chances against the Conservative candidate. [1]

  1. 1. The Parliament was dissolved on 10 May 1929. No Labour candidate contested the Oxford University seat. The poll gave 6012 votes to Hugh Cecil, 4112 votes to Charles Oman, and 3526 votes to Gilbert Murray (The Times, 6 June 1929, p. 14).

    A circular letter dated 21-22 May 1929 to those entitled to vote for Oxford University is preserved in HPBL Add. 72734/140. Harrod explained the conditions for eligibility, and wrote that "Professor Gilbert Murray has a real chance of being returned for Oxford University on this occasion"; he thus invited the supporters of Murray all over the country to give their vote.

    Harrod later recollected having acted on three occasions as Murray's electoral agent in the 1920s, as Murray contested the Oxford University seat ("Gilbert Murray: A Personal Recollection", National and English Review, July 1957, p. 25). The other two occasions must have been in December 1923 and November 1924 (on both occasions the contestants and the results were the same as in 1929: The Times, 13 December 1923, p. 12 and 5 November 1924, p. 14), as in the only other election of the decade Harrod did not help any Liberals: see letter 41 R to Woodruff, 4 November 1922.

    1. a. From Christ Church # , four pages ALS, in GMP 155-56.


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