Camborne (UK Parliament constituency)

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Camborne
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851950
Number of members One
Replaced by Falmouth and Camborne
Created from West Cornwall

Camborne was a county constituency in Cornwall which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new Falmouth and Camborne.

Between 1885 and 1918 its official name was The North West or Camborne Division of Cornwall, and it was sometimes referred to simply as North West Cornwall.

Boundaries[edit]

The Camborne constituency shown within Cornwall and Devon, 1918–1945.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Charles Augustus Vansittart Conybeare Independent Liberal (Radical)
1886 Liberal
1895 Arthur Strauss Liberal Unionist Party
1900 William Sproston Caine Liberal
1903 by-election Sir Wilfrid Lawson Liberal
1906 Albert Edward Dunn Liberal
Dec. 1910 Sir Francis Dyke Acland, Bt. Liberal
1922 Algernon Henry Moreing National Liberal
1923 Leifchild Stratten Jones Liberal
1924 Algernon Henry Moreing Constitutionalist
1929 Leifchild Stratten Jones Liberal
1931 Sir Peter Garnett Agnew Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1914/15: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1914 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

Francis Acland
General Election 1918

Electorate 32,575

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Francis Dyke Acland 7,078 52.0
Labour George Nicholls 6,546 48.0 n/a
Majority 532 4.0
Turnout 41.8
Liberal hold Swing
  • No Coupon was issued

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922

Electorate 34,097

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Algernon Henry Moreing 8,191 39.7
Liberal Rt Hon. Leifchild Stratten Jones 7,923 38.4
Labour T Proctor 4,512 21.9
Majority 268 1.3
Turnout 60.5
National Liberal gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 34,303

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Liberal Rt Hon. Leifchild Stratten Jones 11,794 59.3
Liberal Algernon Henry Moreing 8,096 40.7
Majority
Turnout 58.0
Independent Liberal gain from Liberal Swing
  • The local Liberal Association was unable to agree to a candidate, but Moreing was recognised as the official candidate by Liberal Party HQ. Upon election, Jones took the Liberal whip.
General Election 1924

Electorate 34,399

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Constitutionalist Algernon Henry Moreing 9,530 42.9
Liberal Rt Hon. Leifchild Stratten Jones 7,220 32.5
Labour F A P Rowe 5,477 24.6
Majority 2,310 10.4
Turnout 64.6
Constitutionalist gain from Liberal Swing
  • Moreing later took the Unionist whip.
General Election 1929

Electorate 44,026

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Leifchild Stratten Jones 11,176 35.8
Unionist Algernon Henry Moreing 10,145 32.6
Labour H J Sharman 7,870 25.3
Independent J C Roberts 1,976 6.3
Majority 1,031 3.2
Turnout 70.8
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931

Electorate 44,926

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Garnett Agnew 14,644 43.4
Liberal Rt Hon. Leifchild Stratten Jones 10,840 32.1
Ind. Labour Party Kate Florence Spurrell 8,280 24.5
Majority 3,824 11.3
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1935

Electorate 44,542

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Garnett Agnew 14,826 48.3 +4.9
Liberal Sir Walter Peacock 7,921 25.8 -6.3
Labour Harold R G Greaves 7,375 24.0 n/a
Ind. Labour Party Kate Florence Spurrell 592 1.9 -22.6
Majority 6,905 22.5 -11.2
Turnout 66.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[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; Conservative: Peter Agnew, Liberal:, Labour: J J H Moses.

General Election 1945

Electorate 51,407

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Com. Peter Garnett Agnew 12,257 37.1 -11.2
Labour Frank Harold Hayman 11,673 35.3 +11.3
Liberal Dr Thomas Rowland Hill 9,141 27.6 +1.8
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.