Bute and Northern Ayrshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bute and Northern Ayrshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Buteshire, Ayrshire
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Argyll & Bute
Cunninghame North
Created from Buteshire
North Ayrshire

Bute and Northern Ayrshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1983. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was formed by combining Buteshire with part of North Ayrshire. The rest of Ayrshire North was merged into Kilmarnock.

In 1918 the constituency consisted of "The county of Bute, inclusive of all burghs, situated therein, and the county district of Northern Ayr, inclusive of all burghs situated therein except insofar as included in the Ayr District of Burghs"

In 1950 some of the constituency was transferred to the then new constituency of Central Ayrshire.

In 1983 Bute and Northern Ayrshire was divided between Argyll and Bute and Cunninghame North.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston Unionist
1935 Sir Charles MacAndrew Unionist
1959 Sir Fitzroy Maclean Unionist
Feb 1974 John Corrie Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Argyll and Bute & Cunninghame North

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Corrie 17,317 45.7
Labour M Smith 13,004 34.3%
SNP M Brown 5,272 13.9%
Liberal P Giffney 2,280 6.0%
General Election Oct 1974: Bute & North Ayrshire [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Corrie 13,599
Labour J.N. Carson 10,093
SNP J.A. Murphy 9,055
Liberal R. Stevenson 2,224
General Election Feb 1974: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Corrie 17,166 45.7
Labour RD Donnelly 10,436 27,8
SNP J.A. Murphy 6,104 16.3
Liberal R. Stevenson 3,832 10.2
General Election 1970: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Fitzroy Maclean 18,853 53.6
Labour HG Millar 12,459 35.4
SNP M Macrae 3,852

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bute & North Ayrshire [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Fitzroy Maclean Bt CBE MC 20,270
Labour David Lambie 12,218

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Fitzroy Maclean 16,138 48.7
Labour D Lambie 13,482 40.7
Liberal RP Cochrane 3,539 10.7
General Election 1964: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Fitzroy Maclean 16,497 49.8
Labour D Lambie 11,934 36.0
Liberal RJ Gammon 4,671 14.1

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Fitzroy Maclean 20,270 62.4
Labour D Lambie 12,218 37.6
General Election 1955: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles MacAndrew 20,338 64.5
Labour D Lambie 11,183 35.5
General Election 1951: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles MacAndrew 22,361 64.2
Labour Dickson Mabon 12,492 35.8
General Election 1950: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles MacAndrew 22,019 64.2
Labour G Aitken 12,243 35.7

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [3]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Col. Sir Charles Glen MacAndrew
Liberal
Labour
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1935: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Col Sir Charles Glen MacAndrew 22,391
Labour Manny Shinwell 13,358
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1931: Bute & Northern Ayrshire[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Lt Gen Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston KCB DSO 24,467
Labour Alexander Sloan 12,758
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Bute & Northern Ayrshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 18,331
Labour Alexander Sloan 14,294
General Election 1924: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Lt Gen Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 16,203
Labour P. Stephen 10,075
General Election 1923: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Lt Gen Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 12,320
Labour P. Stephen 9,855
General Election 1922: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Lt Gen Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 14,368
Labour John Paton 9,323

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Unionist Lt-Gen. Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston KCB DSO 12,638
Labour Robert Smith 5,848
Liberal Hugh Fraser Campbell 2,059

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1977
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1963
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  6. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  7. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
  8. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  9. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  10. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920