Berwick and Haddington (UK Parliament constituency)

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Berwick and Haddington
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Berwickshire, East Lothian
Number of members One
Replaced by Berwick and East Lothian

Berwick and Haddington was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 when it replaced Berwickshire until it was renamed Berwick and East Lothian for the 1950 general election. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP), using the first-past-the-post voting system.

The constituency covered the counties of Berwickshire and East Lothian.


Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 John Deans Hope Coalition Liberal
1922 Walter Waring National Liberal
1923 Robert Spence Labour
1924 Chichester de Windt Crookshank Unionist
1929 George Sinkinson Labour
1931 John McEwen Unionist
1945 John James Robertson Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Berwick and Haddington[1]


Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

  • Unionist:
  • Liberal:
  • Labour:

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Berwick and Haddington [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist John Helias Finnie McEwen 19,839
Labour J.J. Fraser 914,299
General Election 1931: Berwick and Haddington[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist John Helias Finnie McEwen 25,169
Labour George Sinkinson 9,089

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Berwick and Haddington[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Sinkinson 11,761
Unionist John Helias Finnie McEwen 11,435
Liberal Sir James William Greig 8,132
General Election 1924: Berwick and Haddington [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Chichester de Windt Crookshank 11,745
Labour Robert Spence 8,882
Liberal William Henderson Pringle 4,986
General Election 1923: Berwick and Haddington [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Spence 8,576
Unionist Chichester de Windt Crookshank 8,508
Liberal Major Walter Waring 6,084
General Election 1922: Berwick and Haddington [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Major Walter Waring 6,342
Labour Robert Spence 5,842
Liberal William Henderson Pringle 4,422
Independent Liberal John Deans Hope 3,300

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Berwick and Haddington [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal John Deans Hope 8,584
Labour R.W. Foulis 4,783
Liberal Rt Hon Harold Tennant 2,567


  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  4. ^ The Times, 1June 1929
  5. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  6. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  7. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  8. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920