Alexander Boulton

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Alexander Claude Forster Boulton (1862 – 12 March 1949)[1] was a British Liberal Party politician whose career in the House of Commons lasted less than a year.

He was elected at the 1906 general election as Member of Parliament for the Ramsey division of Huntingdonshire, a constituency which had been held by Conservatives since its creation in 1885.[2]

General Election 1906: Ramsey[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alexander Claude Forster Boulton 3,184 53.2 +15.6
Conservative Ailwyn Fellowes 2,803 46.8 −15.6
Majority 381 6.4
Turnout 5,987 88.7 +19.3
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +15.6

He was defeated at the January 1910 general election;

General Election 1910 (January): Ramsey[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Locker-Lampson 3,350 53.5 +6.7
Liberal Alexander Claude Forster Boulton 2,915 46.5 −6.7
Majority 435 7.0
Turnout 6,265 89.1 +0.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +6.7

He was unsuccessful when he stood again in December 1910.[2]

General Election 1910 (December): Ramsey[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Locker-Lampson 3,072 51.0 −3.5
Liberal Alexander Claude Forster Boulton 2,954 49.0 +3.5
Majority 118 2.0
Turnout 6,026 85.7 −3.4
Conservative hold Swing −3.5

Boulton did not stand again until the 1923 general election, when he fought the Conservative-held New Forest and Christchurch division of Hampshire. The seat had not been contested in either 1918 or 1922, and in a straight contest with the sitting Conservative MP, Boulton won 46% of the votes.[4] Boulton stood again at the 1924 general election, when a Labour candidate also contested the seat. The Conservative vote increased, and Boulton's second-placed vote was less than half the Tory total. He did not stand for Parliament again.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 300. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  3. ^ a b c F. W. S. Craig (1989), British Parliamentary Election Results, 1885-1918. Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services.
  4. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 366. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ailwyn Fellowes
Member of Parliament for Ramsey
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Oliver Locker-Lampson