Bury (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the constituency in Suffolk, see Bury St Edmunds (UK Parliament constituency).
Bury
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Lancashire
(now Greater Manchester)
Major settlements Bury
18321950
Number of members One
Replaced by Bury & Radcliffe
Created from Lancashire

Bury was a borough constituency centred on the town of Bury in Lancashire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1832 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new constituency of Bury & Radcliffe.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party[2][3][4]
1832 Richard Walker Liberal
1852 Frederick Peel Liberal
1857 Robert Needham Philips Liberal
1859 Frederick Peel Liberal
1865 Robert Needham Philips Liberal
1885 Sir Henry James Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1895 James Kenyon Conservative
1902 by-election Sir George Toulmin Liberal
1918 Charles Ainsworth Conservative
1935 Alan Chorlton Conservative
1945 Walter Fletcher Conservative
1950 constituency abolished: see Bury & Radcliffe

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

George Toulmin
Bury by-election, 1902
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal George Toulmin 4,213 52.6
Conservative Harry Lawson 3,799 47.4
Majority 414 5.4
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +9.0

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bury[5]

Electorate 44,888

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Walter Fletcher 14,012 39.9
Labour Sydney Hand 13,902 39.6
Liberal Arthur Walter James 7,211 20.5
Majority 110 0.3
Turnout 78.2
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 72. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 89. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 112. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig