Biggleswade (UK Parliament constituency)

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Biggleswade
Former constituency
for the House of Commons
County Bedfordshire
18851918
Number of members One
Created from Bedfordshire

Biggleswade was a county constituency in Bedfordshire which was represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 until its abolition in 1918. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, when Bedfordshire was divided into Luton and Biggleswade. Biggleswade was the northern division of the county and comprised the sessional divisions of Bedford Biggleswade and Sharnbrook, part of the sessional divisions of Ampthill and the municipal borough of Bedford.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Charles Magniac Liberal
1886 Viscount Baring Liberal Unionist
1892 George W. E. Russell Liberal
1895 Lord Alwyne Compton Liberal Unionist
1906 Arthur Black Liberal
1918 Constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Sir Arthur Black
General Election Dec. 1910: Biggleswade

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Arthur William Black 6,536 52.9 +0.5
Liberal Unionist Maj. Geoffrey Carr Glyn 5,808 47.1 -0.5
Majority 728 5.9 +1.1
Liberal hold Swing -0.5
General Election Jan. 1910: Biggleswade
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Arthur William Black 6,631 52.4 N/A
Liberal Unionist R. E. Prothero 6,020 47.6 N/A
Majority 611 4.8 -18.4
Liberal hold Swing +18.4
General Election 1906: Biggleswade
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Arthur William Black 6,902 61.6 N/A
Liberal Unionist Lord Alwyne Compton 4,298 38.4 N/A
Majority 2,604 23.2 N/A
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing N/A
General Election 1900: Biggleswade
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Lord Alwyne Compton Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1895: Biggleswade
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Lord Alwyne Compton 5,643 51.2 +2.8
Liberal George W. E. Russell 5,376 48.8 -2.8
Majority 267 2.4 -2.7
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +2.8
General Election 1892: Biggleswade
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal George W. E. Russell 5,600 52.6 +3.2
Liberal Unionist Viscount Baring 5,056 47.4 -3.2
Majority 544 5.1 +3.8
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing -3.2
General Election 1886: Biggleswade
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Viscount Baring 4,853 50.6 +8.3
Liberal Charles Magniac 4,731 49.4 -8.3
Majority 122 1.3 -14.2
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +8.3
General Election 1885: Biggleswade
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Charles Magniac 6,037 57.7 N/A
Conservative Sir Walter Barttelot, 1st Baronet 4,422 42.3 N/A
Majority 1,616 15.5 N/A

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