Bournemouth East and Christchurch (UK Parliament constituency)
|Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
|Former Borough constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
Bournemouth East and Christchurch is a former United Kingdom Parliamentary constituency. It returned one Member of Parliament, using the first past the post electoral system from the United Kingdom general election, 1950 until the constituency was abolished in 1974.
The seat was based upon the eastern part of the seaside resort of Bournemouth and the neighbouring town of Christchurch, which were united for parliamentary purposes in 1950. The constituency was in the south west of the historic county of Hampshire in South East England.
It was held by the Conservative Party for the entirety of its existence, with the party gaining more than half of the votes cast at each election.
Before 1918 the County Borough of Bournemouth formed part of the then 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. Christchurch became part of the New Forest and Christchurch constituency.
In the 1950 redistribution of parliamentary seats, the Representation of the People Act 1948 provided for the division of Bournemouth and Christchurch into Bournemouth East and Christchurch and Bournemouth West.
This seat comprised the then County Borough of Bournemouth wards of Boscombe East, Boscombe West, King's Park, Queen's Park, Southbourne, and West Southbourne with the Municipal Borough of Christchurch. The exact boundaries of the wards and Municipal Borough were altered in 1964.
Members of Parliament
|1950||Rt Hon Brendan Bracken||Conservative|
|1952 by-election||Nigel Nicolson||Conservative|
|February 1974||constituency abolished|
Election in the 1970s
|General Election 1970: Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
|Liberal||G. K. Musgrave||8,182||16.40|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
|General Election 1964: Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
|General Election 1955:Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
|Labour||D. J. Buckle||10,259||23.39|
|Liberal||Brian Patrick Molony||4,851||11.06|
|Bournemouth East and Christchurch by-election, 1952|
|Labour||R. D. Rees||8,498||23.38||-1.71|
|Liberal||John C. Holland||3,673||10.11||-1.49|
|General Election 1951: Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
|Liberal||John C. Holland||5,338||11.6|
|General Election 1950: Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
|Liberal||John C. Holland||6,594||14.01|
- Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1983)
- Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1981)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]