Chatham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Chatham
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Kent
Major settlements Chatham
18321950
Number of members One
Replaced by Rochester & Chatham
Created from Kent

Chatham was a parliamentary constituency in Kent which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1832 general election, when the borough of Chatham was enfranchised under the Reform Act 1832.

It was abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new Rochester and Chatham constituency. This then became Medway in 1983. When the boroughs of Rochester upon Medway and Gillingham merged to form the larger unitary Borough of Medway in 1998, the Parliamentary constituency of Medway only covered part of the new borough, so for the next election it will be renamed Rochester and Strood.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1832 William Leader Maberly Liberal
1834 by-election George Stevens Byng Liberal
1835 Sir John Poo Beresford, Bt. Conservative
1837 George Stevens Byng Liberal
1852 Sir John Mark Frederick Smith Conservative
1853 by-election Leicester Viney Vernon Conservative
1857 Sir John Mark Frederick Smith Conservative
1865 Arthur Otway Liberal
1874 George Elliot Conservative
1875 by-election Sir John Eldon Gorst Conservative
1892 Lewis Vivian Loyd Conservative
1895 Sir Horatio David Davies Conservative
1906 John Hagan Jenkins Labour
1910 Gerald Fitzroy Hohler Conservative
1918 John Moore-Brabazon Conservative
1929 Sydney Frank Markham Labour
1931 Sir Park Goff Conservative
1935 Leonard Plugge Conservative
1945 Arthur Bottomley Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Rochester and Chatham

References[edit]

Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]

Coordinates: 51°22′N 0°32′E / 51.367°N 0.533°E / 51.367; 0.533