Chester-le-Street (UK Parliament constituency)

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Chester-le-Street
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851983
Number of members one
Replaced by North Durham
Created from North Durham

Chester-le-Street was a county constituency centred on the town of Chester-le-Street in County Durham. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election.

Chester-le-Street and its successor constituency (North Durham) have over 100 years of continuous Labour representation.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Sir James Joicey Liberal
1906 John Wilkinson Taylor Labour
1919 by-election John James Lawson Labour
1950 Patrick Bartley Labour
1956 by-election Norman Pentland Labour
1973 by-election Giles Radice Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see North Durham

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Chester-le-Street [1]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal n/a
Conservative n/a
Majority n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Chester-le-Street [2]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Chester-le-Street [3]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Chester-le-Street [4]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Chester-le-Street [5]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1906: Chester-le-Street [6]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Chester-le-Street[7]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Chester-le-Street[8]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1918: Chester-le-Street[9]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist
Liberal
Labour
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Chester-le-Street[10]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist
Liberal
Labour
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Chester-le-Street[11]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
Unionist
Labour
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1924: Chester-le-Street[12]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist
Liberal
Labour
Majority
Turnout
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929: Chester-le-Street[13]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist
Liberal
Labour
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John James Lawson 24,373 60.62
Conservative RG Kellett 15,834 39.38
Majority 8,539 21.24
Turnout 79.35
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John James Lawson 29,111 70.98
Conservative CR Besley 11,901 29.02
Majority 17,210 41.96
Turnout 78.24
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John James Lawson 33,788 76.76
Conservative Viscount Lambton 10,228 23.24
Majority 23,560 53.53
Turnout 79.79
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Bartley 35,348 77.30
Conservative HJM Millican 10,379 22.70
Majority 24,969 54.60
Turnout 87.28
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Bartley 35,511 76.96
Conservative HJM Millican 10,632 23.04
Majority 24,879 53.92
Turnout 86.64
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Bartley 32,323 76.29
Conservative DA Wright 10,047 23.71
Majority 22,276 52.57
Turnout 79.57
Labour hold Swing
Chester-le-Street by-election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman Pentland 27,912 80.8
Conservative William Rees-Mogg 6,625 19.2
Majority 27,287
Turnout 34,537 65.0 -
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman Pentland 33,901 75.78
Conservative William Rees-Mogg 10,838 24.22
Majority 23,063 51.55
Turnout 83.03
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman Pentland 32,895 75.20
Conservative JM Gorst 10,851 24.80
Majority 22,044 50.39
Turnout 79.43
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman Pentland 32,467 76.96
Conservative CMK Taylor 9,720 23.04
Majority 22,747 53.92
Turnout 74.87
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman Pentland 33,694 71.60
Conservative D Ramshaw 13,363 28.40
Majority 20,331 43.21
Turnout 73.67
Labour hold Swing
Chester-le-Street by-election, 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Giles Radice 25,874 53.0
Liberal George Suggett 18,802 38.6
Conservative Neil Balfour 4,092 8.4
Majority 7,066
Turnout 48,768 71.4 -
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Giles Radice 33,534 59.21
Liberal DJ Herd 14,808 26.15
Conservative Neil Balfour 8,291 14.64
Majority 18,726 33.07
Turnout 83.48
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Giles Radice 33,511 65.69
Liberal D McCourt 9,233 18.10
Conservative R Ditchburn 8,268 16.21
Majority 24,278 47.59
Turnout 74.63
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Giles Radice 38,672 60.40
Conservative JR Couchman 16,112 25.16
Liberal D McCourt 9,247 14.44
Majority 22,560 35.23
Turnout 76.76
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]


  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  10. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  12. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig