Birmingham Bordesley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Birmingham Bordesley
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Warwickshire
18851918
Number of members One
Created from Birmingham

Birmingham Bordesley was a borough constituency in the city of Birmingham, which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Elections were held using the first-past-the-post voting system.

The constituency was created upon the abolition of the multi-member Birmingham seat in 1885 and abolished in 1918.

Boundaries[edit]

Before 1885 Birmingham, in the county of Warwickshire, had been a three-member constituency (see Birmingham (UK Parliament constituency) for further details). Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 the parliamentary borough of Birmingham was split into seven single-member divisions, one of which was Birmingham Bordesley.

The division was located in the south-east corner of the city, within its boundaries in 1885. To the west was Birmingham South, to the north Birmingham East, to the east Tamworth and to the south East Worcestershire.

In the 1918 redistribution of parliamentary seats, the Representation of the People Act 1918 provided for twelve new Birmingham divisions. The Bordesley division was abolished.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Henry Broadhurst Liberal/Labour
1886 Jesse Collings Liberal Unionist
1912 Conservative
1918 Constituency abolished

Note: Broadhurst was an official Liberal MP who, as a leading Trade Unionist, was known as a Liberal/Labour politician. He was Secretary of the Trades Union Congress Parliamentary Committee (equivalent to the later office of General Secretary of the TUC) 1876-1885 and 1886-1890.

Election results[edit]

Explanatory notes:-

  • The votes figure in the 'Turnout' box is the number of registered electors.
  • For the purposes of % change and swing calculations, Liberal-Labour and Liberal candidates are considered to belong to the same party as are Conservative and Liberal Unionist candidates. Positive swing is towards the Conservative/Liberal Unionist candidate and negative swing is towards the Liberal-Labour/Liberal candidate. No swing figure is calculated unless the same two parties are in first and second place in both the present and the last election.
General Election 1885: Birmingham Bordesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab Henry Broadhurst 5,362 57.2 N/A
Conservative W. Showell 4,019 42.8 N/A
Majority 1,343 14.4 N/A
Turnout 11,178 83.9 N/A
Lib-Lab gain from new seat Swing N/A
General Election 1886: Birmingham Bordesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Jesse Collings 4,475 81.1 +38.3
Liberal Lawson Tait 1,040 18.9 -38.3
Majority 3,435 62.2 N/A
Turnout 11,178 49.3 -34.6
Liberal Unionist gain from Lib-Lab Swing +38.3
General Election 1892: Birmingham Bordesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Jesse Collings 6,380 70.6 -10.5
Lib-Lab W.J. Davis 2,658 29.4 +10.5
Majority 3,722 41.2 -21.0
Turnout 12,876 70.2 +20.9
Liberal Unionist hold Swing -10.5
General Election 1895: Birmingham Bordesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Rt. Hon. Jesse Collings 6,004 73.6 +3.0
Liberal William Cook 2,154 26.4 -3.0
Majority 3,850 47.2 +6.0
Turnout 13,824 59.0 -11.2
Liberal Unionist hold Swing +3.0
General Election 1900: Birmingham Bordesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Rt. Hon. Jesse Collings Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1906: Birmingham Bordesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Rt. Hon. Jesse Collings 7,763 66.1 N/A
Labour John Bruce Glasier 3,976 33.9 N/A
Majority 3,787 32.2 N/A
Turnout 16,653 70.5 N/A
Liberal Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election January 1910: Birmingham Bordesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Rt. Hon. Jesse Collings 9,021 72.3 +6.2
Labour F. Hughes 3,453 27.7 -6.2
Majority 5,568 44.6 +12.4
Turnout 17,358 71.9 +1.4
Liberal Unionist hold Swing +6.2
General Election December 1910: Birmingham Bordesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Rt. Hon. Jesse Collings Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal Unionist hold Swing N/A

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