Altrincham and Sale (UK Parliament constituency)

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Altrincham and Sale
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County 1945–1974: Cheshire
1974–1997: Greater Manchester
Major settlements Altrincham and Sale
19451997
Number of members One
Replaced by Altrincham & Sale West and Wythenshawe & Sale East
Created from Altrincham

Altrincham and Sale was a parliamentary constituency in Greater Manchester, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and existed between 1945 and 1997.

History[edit]

The constituency always elected a Conservative member. From 1945, it was represented by Frederick Erroll, a cabinet minister in Harold Macmillan's government, who was raised to the peerage in 1964. The ensuing by-election (held in 1965) was won by Anthony Barber, who served as Edward Heath's Chancellor of the Exchequer. Barber also entered the House of Lords, and at the October 1974 general election was succeeded by Fergus Montgomery, later Sir Fergus Montgomery. Montgomery held the seat until he retired in 1997.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Trafford wards of Altrincham, Bowdon, Broadheath, Brooklands, Hale, Sale Moor, Timperley, and Village.

Altrincham and Sale was created in 1945 from the larger constituency of Altrincham. By the time of its abolition, the constituency consisted of the south-eastern area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, with the main town being Altrincham.

It was abolished for the 1997 general election, when it was split in a roughly three to one ratio between the new constituencies of Altrincham and Sale West and Wythenshawe and Sale East.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1945 Frederick Erroll Conservative
1965 by-election Anthony Barber Conservative
Oct 1974 Sir Fergus Montgomery Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Altrincham & Sale West
and Wythenshawe & Sale East

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Altrincham and Sale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Fergus Montgomery 29,066 54.7 +1.2
Labour Mrs Mary E. Atherton 12,275 23.1 +2.6
Liberal Democrat John H. Mulholland 11,601 21.8 −4.2
Natural Law John C. Renwick 212 0.4 N/A
Majority 16,791 31.6 +4.2
Turnout 53,154 80.2 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing −0.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Fergus Montgomery 27,746 53.48
Liberal J Mulholland 13,518 26.06
Labour D Hinder 10,617 20.46
Majority 14,228 27.42
Turnout 76.73
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Fergus Montgomery 25,321 52.54
Liberal B Clancy 14,410 29.90
Labour A Erwin 7,684 15.94
Ecology C Marsh 629 1.31
Independent IJ Wolstenholme 152 0.32
Majority 10,911 22.64
Turnout 73.04
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Fergus Montgomery 29,873 51.58
Labour G Pratt 14,643 25.28
Liberal J Campbell 12,603 21.76
Ecology C Marsh 796 1.37
Majority 15,230 26.30
Turnout 77.69
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Fergus Montgomery 23,910 42.78
Labour E Wood 16,998 30.41
Liberal D Blackburn 14,980 26.80
Majority 6,912 12.37
Turnout 76.25
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Barber 26,434 44.26
Liberal D Blackburn 17,738 29.70
Labour D Rutherford 15,550 26.04
Majority 8,696 14.56
Turnout 82.21
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Barber 27,904 53.20
Labour BE Jones 16,671 31.79
Liberal LG Bayley 7,875 15.01
Majority 11,233 21.42
Turnout 74.13
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Barber 24,736 48.01
Labour J Cope 17,899 34.74
Liberal A Cooper 8,891 17.26
Majority 6,837 13.27
Turnout 77.97
Conservative hold Swing
Altrincham and Sale by-election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Barber 20,380
Labour Roy D Roebuck 11,837
Liberal DF Burden 7,898
Independent GO Symes 634
Majority 8,543
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Erroll 24,982 46.82
Labour Roy D Roebuck 14,945 28.01
Liberal DF Burden 13,429 25.17
Majority 10,037 18.81
Turnout 81.91
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Erroll 29,992 56.01
Labour N Atkinson 14,141 26.41
Liberal Donald Fletcher Burden 9,415 17.58
Majority 15,851 29.60
Turnout 82.56
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Erroll 30,586 62.17
Labour T. Park 12,174 24.75
Liberal Donald Fletcher Burden 6,436 13.08
Majority 18,412 37.43
Turnout 79.96
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Erroll 33,987 66.06
Labour J.B. O'Hara 17,465 33.94
Majority 16,522 32.11
Turnout 83.96
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Erroll 30,843 57.41
Labour F. Bibby 16,544 30.79
Liberal L. Gordon Bayley 6,340 11.80
Majority 14,299 26.61
Turnout 88.38
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Erroll 26,656 55.61
Labour M.C. Joseph 21,275 44.39
Majority 5,381 11.23
Turnout 80.27
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.187 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.