Birmingham Handsworth (UK Parliament constituency)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Birmingham Handsworth
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Handsworth
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918

Birmingham Handsworth was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Handsworth district of Birmingham. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was abolished in 1983.

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: The constituency was created, as a county constituency, for the 1885 general election when it was the Handsworth division of Staffordshire. In 1885 the area was to the north of the parliamentary borough of Birmingham and was the south-eastern county division of Staffordshire. Birmingham, which from 1889 was a county borough, with city status, was mostly located in the geographic county of Warwickshire, but gradually expanded into adjacent areas of Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

The constituency bordered to the west West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Walsall; to the north Lichfield; to the east Tamworth and to the south Birmingham West and Birmingham North.

1918-1955: By 1918 the Handsworth area had been incorporated within the growing city of Birmingham. For the 1918 general election it became a borough constituency as Birmingham Handsworth. The seat comprised the then County Borough of Birmingham wards of Handsworth, Sandwell and Soho.

1955-1974: The redistribution before the 1955 general election altered the constituency so it comprised Handsworth, Lozells and Sandwell wards. Soho ward became part of Birmingham All Saints. Lozells ward had been transferred from Birmingham Aston.

1974-1983: Before the February 1974 general election there was a redistribution. The constituency was altered to include the Aston, Handsworth and Sandwell wards.

The seat was abolished for the 1983 general election. Sandwell ward became 32.9% of Birmingham Ladywood. The Birmingham Perry Barr constituency absorbed Handsworth ward, which was 24.8% of the new seat. Aston ward became 11.9% of Birmingham Small Heath.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Sir Henry Wiggin Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 Sir Henry Meysey-Thompson Liberal Unionist
1906 Ernest Meysey-Thompson Liberal Unionist
1912 Conservative
1918 Coalition Conservative
1922 Oliver Locker-Lampson Conservative
1945 Harold Roberts Conservative
1950 by-election Sir Edward Boyle Conservative
1970 Sydney Chapman Conservative
Feb 1974 John Lee Labour
1979 Sheila Wright Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see Birmingham Ladywood, Birmingham Perry Barr and Birmingham Small Heath

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General election 1931: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Locker-Lampson 30,989 78.4
Labour LA Fenn 8,548 21.6
Majority 22,441 56.8
Turnout 75.1
General election 1935: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Locker-Lampson 24,135 73.0
Labour A Chattaway 8,910 27.0
Majority 15,225 46.1
Turnout 61.7

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General election 1945: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Roberts 15,607 37.9
Labour CR Bence 13,142 34.3
Independent N Tiptaft 5,112 12.4
Liberal BE Lewis 4,945 12.0
Communist J Eden 1,390 3.4
Majority 1,465 3.6
Turnout 72.5

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General election 1950: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Roberts 24,246 50.6
Labour CR Bence 18,774 39.2
Liberal RW Eades 4,926 10.3
Majority 5,472 11.4
Turnout 83.1
By-election, 1950
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Boyle 22,083
Labour CR Bence 13,852
Independent SW Keatley 453
Majority 8,231
General election 1951: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Boyle 27,201 59.5
Labour RW Evely 18,494 40.5
Majority 8,707 19.1
Turnout 79
General election 1955: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Boyle 24,349 60.0
Labour A Murie 14,064 34.7
Peace SW Keatley 2,148 5.3
Majority 10,285 25.4
Turnout 69.6
General election 1959: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Boyle 23,243 60.8
Labour A Murie 13,116 34.3
Independent SW Keatley 1,867 4.9
Majority 10,127 26.5
Turnout 68.8

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General election 1964: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Boyle 16,841 47.5
Labour S Wright 11,909 33.6
Liberal WL Lawler 6,249 17.6
Independent SW Keatley 459 1.3
Majority 4,932 13.9
Turnout 66.6
General election 1966: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Boyle 16,225 49.9
Labour S Wright 14,931 46.0
Union Movement EJ Hamm 1,337 4.1
Majority 1,294 4.0
Turnout 63.2

Election in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1970: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sydney Chapman 16,122 53.0
Labour SRR Wright 14,310 47.0
Majority 1,812 6.0
Turnout 65.2
General election February 1974: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Lee 14,290 43.5
Conservative Sydney Chapman 12,667 38.6
Liberal P Tilsley 5,566 16.9
Independent - Marxist-Leninist S Thompson 334 1.0
Majority 1,623 4.9
Turnout 72.4
General election October 1974: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Lee 15,011 49.4
Conservative R Tyler 11,115 37.0
Liberal DI Grant-Smith 3,205 10.6
More Prosperous Britain T Keen 105 0.3
Independent - Marxist-Leninist JL Hutchinson 103 0.3
Majority 3,896 12.8
Turnout 66.5
General election 1979: Birmingham Handsworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sheila Wright 16,998 55.2
Conservative R Tyler 13,789 44.8
Majority 3,209 10.4
Turnout 68.4


See also[edit]

References[edit]