Birmingham Handsworth (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
|Former County constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
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.
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.
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
|1885||Sir Henry Wiggin||Liberal|
|1892||Sir Henry Meysey-Thompson||Liberal Unionist|
|1906||Ernest Meysey-Thompson||Liberal Unionist|
|1950 by-election||Sir Edward Boyle||Conservative|
|Feb 1974||John Lee||Labour|
|1983||constituency abolished: see Birmingham Ladywood, Birmingham Perry Barr and Birmingham Small Heath|
Elections in the 1930s
|General election 1931: Birmingham Handsworth|
|General election 1935: Birmingham Handsworth|
Elections in the 1940s
|General election 1945: Birmingham Handsworth|
Elections in the 1950s
|General election 1950: Birmingham Handsworth|
|Conservative||Sir Edward Boyle||22,083|
|General election 1951: Birmingham Handsworth|
|Conservative||Sir Edward Boyle||27,201||59.5|
|General election 1955: Birmingham Handsworth|
|Conservative||Sir Edward Boyle||24,349||60.0|
|General election 1959: Birmingham Handsworth|
|Conservative||Sir Edward Boyle||23,243||60.8|
Elections in the 1960s
|General election 1964: Birmingham Handsworth|
|Conservative||Sir Edward Boyle||16,841||47.5|
|General election 1966: Birmingham Handsworth|
|Conservative||Sir Edward Boyle||16,225||49.9|
|Union Movement||EJ Hamm||1,337||4.1|
Election in the 1970s
|General election 1970: Birmingham Handsworth|
|General election February 1974: Birmingham Handsworth|
|Independent - Marxist-Leninist||S Thompson||334||1.0|
|General election October 1974: Birmingham Handsworth|
|More Prosperous Britain||T Keen||105||0.3|
|Independent - Marxist-Leninist||JL Hutchinson||103||0.3|
|General election 1979: Birmingham Handsworth|
- Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
- British Parliamentary Constituencies: A Statistical Compendium, by Ivor Crewe and Anthony Fox (Faber and Faber 1984)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]