Clapham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Clapham
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1885–February 1974
Number of members one
Replaced by Streatham and Vauxhall
Created from Clapham

Clapham was a borough constituency in South London 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 February 1974 general election.

Clapham in the Metropolitan Board of Works area, boundaries used 1885-1918
Clapham in the Parliamentary County of London 1918-49
Clapham in the Parliamentary County of London 1950-74

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: In 1885 the constituency was established as a division of the parliamentary borough of Battersea and Clapham, in the northern part of the historic county of Surrey. It was based on the Clapham area of South London.

The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the constituency was to consist of-

  • "The Parish of Clapham,
  • No. 1 Ward of Battersea Parish, and
  • No. 4 Ward of Battersea Parish, except so much as is comprised in Division No. 1 as herein described".[1]

In 1889 the area was severed from Surrey and became part of the new County of London. In 1900 local government in London was reorganised. The constituency became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth.

1918-1950: In the redistribution of 1918, the constituency became a division of Wandsworth. It consisted of the local government wards of Clapham North and Clapham South, with a part of Balham.

In 1965 the area became part of the London Borough of Lambeth and Greater London.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 John Moulton Liberal
1886 John Saunders Gilliat Conservative
1892 Percy Melville Thornton Conservative
1910 George Faber Conservative
1918 b-e Harry Greer Unionist
1918 Sir Arthur du Cros Unionist
1922 b-e Sir John Leigh Unionist
1945 John Battley Labour
1950 Charles Gibson Labour
1959 Alan Glyn Conservative
1964 Margaret McKay Labour
1970 William Shelton Conservative
1974 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

John Moulton
General Election 1885: Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Fletcher Moulton 3,976 52.1
Conservative Hon. Algernon Henry Bourke 3,650 47.9
Majority 326
Turnout 9,454 80.7
Liberal gain from new seat Swing
John Gilliat
General Election 1886: Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Saunders Gilliat 3,816 53.3 5.4
Liberal John Fletcher Moulton 3,347 46.7 -5.4
Majority 469
Turnout 9,454 75.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

R. McKenna
General Election 1892: Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Percy Melville Thornton 5,170 53.3 0
Liberal Reginald McKenna 4,526 46.7 0
Majority 644
Turnout 12,124 80.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1895: Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Percy Melville Thornton 5,925 60.3 7.0
Liberal John Kempster 3,904 39.7 -7.0
Majority 2,021
Turnout 13,872 70.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Percy Melville Thornton 7,504 70.9 10.6
Liberal Frank Duerdin Perrott 3,084 29.1 -10.6
Majority 4,420
Turnout 16,572 63.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1906: Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Percy Melville Thornton 7,912 50.3 -20.6
Liberal Frederick Low 7,816 49.7 20.6
Majority 96
Turnout 19,180 82.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Denison Faber 10,743 55.1 4.8
Liberal John George Kipling 8,762 44.9 -4.8
Majority 1,981
Turnout 22,611 86.3
Conservative hold Swing
Sir John Benn
General Election December 1910: Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Denison Faber 9,560 55.6 0.5
Liberal Sir John Williams Benn 7,639 44.4 -0.5
Majority 1,921
Turnout 22,611 76.1
Conservative hold Swing

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 and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

Clapham by-election, 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Harry Greer 4,512 57.5 1.9
Independent Henry Hamilton Beamish 3,331 42.5 N/A
Majority 1,181 15.0
Turnout 23,526 33.3
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Sir John Leigh
General Election 1929: Clapham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir John Leigh 13,507 41.7 -22.4
Labour J Allen Skinner 9,871 30.5 -5.4
Liberal Owen Picton Davies 8,991 27.8 n/a
Majority 3,636 11.2
Turnout 67.3 -2.2
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Sixth Schedule
  2. ^ Western Daily Press 13 May 1914
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F.W.S.