Barons Court (UK Parliament constituency)

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Barons Court
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County 1955–1965: County of London
1965–1974: Greater London
19551974 (1974)
Replaced by Fulham and Hammersmith North
Created from Hammersmith South, Fulham West and Fulham East

Barons Court was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1974. It was represented by one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first-past-the-post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

Barons Court in the Parliamentary County of London from 1955 to 1974.

Barons Court was a borough constituency of the parliamentary County of London. It was created from parts of three abolished constituencies in 1955: the bulk of Hammersmith South and parts of Fulham West and Fulham East. It was composed of the northern end of the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham (Barons Court, Margravine, and Lillie wards) and the southern section of the Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith (Broadway, Brook Green, Grove, and Ravenscourt wards). It did not include the whole of either Metropolitan Borough.[1]

When local government in London was reformed in 1965, the area became part of the London Borough of Hammersmith in Greater London. This did not affect the parliamentary boundaries until 1974. In that year constituencies were redrawn to correspond to wards of the London Borough: the Barons Court constituency was divided between the seats of Fulham and Hammersmith North.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [2] Party
1955 Sir Thomas Williams Labour
1959 Compton Carr Conservative
1964 Ivor Richard Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished: see Fulham & Hammersmith North

Elections[edit]

The constituency returned one member, using the first-past-the-post electoral system.

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General election of 1955
General Election 1955: Barons Court
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (William) Thomas Williams 20,748 50.2 N/A
Conservative Sir Keith Joseph, Bt 20,623 49.8 N/A
Majority 125 0.4 N/A
Turnout 41,371 75.8 N/A
Registered electors 54,613
Labour gain from new seat Swing N/A
General election of 1959
General Election 1959: Barons Court
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Compton Carr 18,658 48.9 -0.9
Labour (William) Thomas Williams 17,745 46.5 -3.7
Independent Liberal S.H.J.A. Knott 1,766 4.6 N/A
Majority 913 2.4 N/A
Turnout 38,169 76.3 +0.5
Registered electors 50,032
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General election of 1964
General Election 1964: Barons Court
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ivor Richard 15,966 47.5 +1.0
Conservative William Compton Carr 14,800 44.1 -4.8
Liberal S.H.J.A. Knott 2,821 8.4 N/A
Majority 1,166 3.4 N/A
Turnout 33,587 72.9 -3.4
Registered electors 46,048
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General election of 1966
General Election 1966: Barons Court
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ivor Richard 17,021 51.7 +4.2
Conservative William Compton Carr 13,551 41.1 -3.0
Liberal S.H.J.A. Knott 2,384 7.2 -1.2
Majority 3,470 10.6 +7.2
Turnout 32,956 75.2 +2.3
Registered electors 43,830
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election of 1970
General Election 1970: Barons Court
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ivor Richard 13,374 48.0 -3.7
Conservative R.E. Brum 12,269 44.1 +3.0
Liberal S.H.J.A. Knott 2,206 7.9 +0.7
Majority 1,105 3.9 -6.7
Turnout 27,849 67.3 -7.9
Registered electors 41,375
Labour hold Swing

Constituency abolished Feb 1974

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ F A Youngs Jr., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol I: Southern England, London, 1979
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]

Sources[edit]

  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1983)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1981)

Coordinates: 51°29′N 0°13′W / 51.49°N 0.22°W / 51.49; -0.22