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.

Boundaries[edit]

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 1910s[edit]

Aylmer Hunter-Weston
General Election 1918: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 12,638 n/a
Labour Robert Smith 5,848 n/a
Liberal Hugh Fraser Campbell 2,059 n/a
Majority n/a
Turnout n/a
Unionist win
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 14,368
Labour John Paton 9,323
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 12,320
Labour Peter Campbell Stephen 9,855
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 16,203
Labour Peter Campbell Stephen 10,075
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929: Bute & Northern Ayrshire[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 18,331
Labour Alexander Sloan 14,294
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Bute & Northern Ayrshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 24,467 70.5
Ind. Labour Party Alexander Sloan 10,227 29.5
Majority 14,240 41.0
Turnout 34,694 67.9
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1935: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Charles Glen MacAndrew 22,391 62.3
Labour M. Shinwell 13,358 37.4
Majority 9,033 33.3
Turnout 35,749 66.6
Unionist hold Swing

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;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Bute & Northern Ayrshire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Col. Sir Charles Glen MacAndrew 21,652 53.0
Labour Capt. J Wheatley 19,209 47.0
Majority 2,443 6.0
Turnout 68.6
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Charles Glen MacAndrew 22,019 64.2
Labour G Aitken 12,243 35.7
Majority 9,776
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Charles Glen MacAndrew 22,361 64.2
Labour Jesse Dickson Mabon 12,492 35.8
Majority 9,869
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Charles Glen MacAndrew 20,338 64.5
Labour David Lambie 11,183 35.5
Majority 9,155 29.0
Turnout 31,521
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1959: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Fitzroy Hew Royle Maclean 20,270 62.4
Labour David Lambie 12,218 37.6
Majority 8,052 24.8
Turnout 32,488
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Fitzroy Hew Royle Maclean 16,497 49.8
Labour David Lambie 11,934 36.0
Liberal Richard J Gammon 4,671 14.1
Majority 4,563 13.7
Turnout 33,102
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1966: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Fitzroy Hew Royle Maclean 16,138 48.7
Labour David Lambie 13,482 40.7
Liberal Robert P Cochrane 3,539 10.7
Majority 2,656 8.0
Turnout 33,159 76.0
Conservative hold Swing +2.8

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

Fitzroy Maclean
General Election 1970: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Fitzroy Hew Royle Maclean 18,853 53.6
Labour Hugh G Millar 12,459 35.4
SNP Peggy Macrae 3,852 10.9
Majority 6,394 18.2
Turnout 35,164 73
Conservative hold Swing +5.1
General Election Feb 1974: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Alexander Corrie 17,166 45.7
Labour Raymond D Donnelly 10,436 27.8
SNP John A. Murphy 6,104 16.3
Liberal R. Stevenson 3,832 10.2
Majority 6,730 17.9
Turnout 77.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election Oct 1974: Bute & North Ayrshire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Alexander Corrie 13,599 38.9
Labour J.N. Carson 10,093 28.9
SNP John A. Murphy 9,055 25.9
Liberal R. Stevenson 2,224 6.4
Majority 3,506 10.0
Turnout 71.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1979: Bute & North Ayrshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Alexander Corrie 17,317 45.7
Labour MG Smith 13,004 34.3
SNP M Brown 5,272 13.9
Liberal P Giffney 2,280 6.0
Majority 4,313 11.4
Turnout 75.8
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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