Little enthusiasm for council election

Council elections took place in only one of Luton's three wards on Monday. Earlier in the year it had been hoped that there would be no need for a wartime election, but the Labour Party insisted on fielding a candidate. And with a low turnout the result was declared at about quarter past nine.

Neither of the retiring members went to the poll. Mr F. C. W. Janes did not desire re-election, and Mr James Martin withdrew after being nominated. Mr Hugh Cumberland, Conservative, also withdrew, and this left three candidates to go to the poll for the two seats.

They were Mr James Bone, of 59 Brook Street, who after being a member of the Council for about 18 years, lost his seat two years ago; Mr Stewart B. Hubbard, of The Chase, Stopsley, who is in a large way of business as a dyer; and Mr Willett Ball, of 23 Selbourne Road, a journalist.

Counting took place at the Town Hall, Alderman E. Oakley being the returning officer for the ward. The poll was very small. There had been no canvassing, and of the 3,959 electors in the ward only just over 1,800 voted.

The result declared was:

Hubbard (Conservative/Unionist)  800

Bone (Liberal)  742

Ball (Labour)  268

The result was declared from the Town Hall steps by Alderman Oakley but there were at the outside only a couple of hundred people present.

[The Luton News, November 5th, 1914]