Bournemouth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°43′19″N 1°52′44″W / 50.722°N 1.879°W / 50.722; -1.879

Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons

Bournemouth is a former United Kingdom Parliamentary constituency. The seaside resort was created as a parliamentary borough in 1918 and the seat existed until it was divided in 1950. During the existence of the constituency it was the most south-westerly seat in Hampshire (although the border between Dorset and Hampshire was altered in the late twentieth century so the town was transferred to Dorset).


Before 1918 the County Borough of Bournemouth formed part of the Christchurch constituency. Under the Representation of the People Act 1918 Bournemouth became a single-member constituency, with the same borders as the then county borough.

To the west was the constituency of East Dorset, to the north was New Forest and Christchurch. The rest of the constituency bordered the English Channel.

In the 1950 redistribution of parliamentary seats, the Representation of the People Act 1948 provided for the division of Bournemouth (with the addition of the neighbouring town of Christchurch) into Bournemouth East and Christchurch and Bournemouth West.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Henry Page Croft, Bt National
1921 Conservative
1940 by-election Sir Leonard Lyle, Bt. Conservative
1945 by-election Rt Hon. Brendan Bracken Conservative
1950 Constituency abolished


Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Cyril Berkeley Dallow
General Election 1922: Bournemouth[1]

Electorate 37,598

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Henry Page Croft 15,690 52.3
Liberal Cyril Berkeley Dallow 10,181 33.9
Independent Unionist Harry Keen Hargreaves 4,134 13.8
Majority 5,509 18.4
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Bournemouth[2]

Electorate 38,913

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Henry Page Croft 15,506 50.4 -1.9
Liberal Cyril Berkeley Dallow 9,256 30.1 -3.8
Labour Miss Minnie Pallister 5,986 19.5 n/a
Majority 20.3
Turnout 79.0
Unionist hold Swing +1.0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig