Clitheroe (UK Parliament constituency)

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Clitheroe
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Lancashire
18851983
Number of members 1
Replaced by Ribble Valley
1559–1983
Number of members 1559–1832: Two
1832–1885: One
Type of constituency Borough constituency

Clitheroe was a parliamentary constituency in Lancashire.

The town of Clitheroe was first enfranchised as a parliamentary borough in 1559, returning two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of England until 1707, then to the House of Commons of Great Britain until 1800, and finally to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1832. The borough's representation was reduced to one MP by the Reform Act 1832.

The parliamentary borough was abolished under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and the name transferred to a new county division with effect from the 1885 general election. The county division returned one MP until it was abolished for the 1983 general election. It was then largely replaced by the new Ribble Valley constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Borough of Clitheroe[edit]

MPs 1559–1660[edit]

Parliament First member Second member
1559 (Jan) Thomas Greenacres Walter Horton [1]
1563 (Jan) Thomas Greenacres John Jeffrey [1]
1571 Richard Greenacres George Horsey [1]
1572 William Wynter Thomas Docwray [1]
1584 Michael Purefoy Alexander Fisher [1]
1586 Edmund Poley John Walmesley [1]
1588 (Oct) Robert Pilkington John White [1]
1593 William Twysden John Chamberlain [1]
1597 (Oct) William Holte George Rotheram [1]
1601 (Oct) John Osbaldestone Anthony Dering [1]
1604 Sir John Dormer Martin Lister
1614 Sir Gilbert Hoghton, 2nd Baronet Clement Coke
1621-1622 Sir Thomas Walmsley William Fanshawe
1624 William Fanshawe Ralph Whitfield
1625 Ralph Assheton William Fanshawe
1626 Ralph Assheton William Kirke
1628 Thomas Jermyn William Newell
1629-1640 No Parliament summoned
1640 (Apr) Sir Ralph Assheton Richard Shuttleworth
1640 (Nov) Sir Ralph Assheton Richard Shuttleworth, jnr
1645 Sir Ralph Assheton Richard Shuttleworth, jnr
1648 Richard Shuttleworth
1653–1660 Clitheroe not represented in Barebones or Protectorate Parliaments

MPs 1660–1832[edit]

Two members returned to Parliament

Year First member[2] First party[3] Second member Second party
Apr 1660 Sir Ralph Assheton William White
Jul 1660 William Hulton
Apr 1661 John Heath
1662 Ambrose Pudsay
1675 Sir Thomas Stringer
1679 Sir Ralph Assheton
1680 Henry Marsden
1685 Lord Strange Edmund Assheton
1689 Anthony Parker Christopher Wilkinson
1690 Roger Kenyon
1693 Fitton Gerard
1695 Christopher Lister Ambrose Pudsay
1698 Thomas Stringer
1701 Ambrose Pudsay
1705 Edward Harvey
1707 Daniel Harvey
1708 Christopher Parker
Apr 1713 Thomas Lister I
Sep 1713 Charles Zedenno Stanley
1715 Edward Harvey
1722 Nathaniel Curzon
1727 The Viscount Galway
1734 William Curzon
1745 Thomas Lister II
1747 Nathaniel Curzon
1754 Assheton Curzon Tory
Dec 1761 by-election Nathaniel Lister Tory
1773 by-election Thomas Lister III Tory
1780 John Parker Tory
1782 by-election John Lee Tory
1790 Sir John Aubrey, Bt Tory Penn Curzon Tory
1792 by-election Assheton Curzon Tory
1795 by-election Richard Erle-Drax-Grosvenor Tory
1796 Lord Edward Bentinck Tory Hon. Robert Curzon Tory
1802 Hon. John Cust Tory
1808 by-election James Gordon Tory
Oct 1812 Viscount Castlereagh Tory
Dec 1812 by-election Edward Wilbraham-Bootle Tory
1818 Hon. William Cust Tory
1822 by-election Henry Porcher Tory
1826 Hon. Peregrine Cust Tory
1831 Hon. Robert Curzon Tory

MPs 1832–1885[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1832 representation reduced to one member
1832 John Fort Liberal
1841[4] Mathew Wilson Liberal
1842 [4] Edward Cardwell Conservative
1847 Mathew Wilson Liberal
May 1853 by-election[5] John Thomas Walshman Aspinall Conservative
Aug 1853 by-election[5] Le Gendre Nicholas Starkie Liberal
1857 John Turner Hopwood Conservative
1865 Richard Fort Liberal
1868 by-election Ralph Assheton Conservative
1880 Richard Fort Liberal
1885 Parliamentary borough abolished. Name transferred to new county division

Clitheroe division of Lancashire[edit]

MPs 1885–1983[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth Liberal
1902 by-election David James Shackleton Labour
1910 Albert Smith Labour
1918 Alfred Davies Labour
1922 Sir William Brass Conservative
1945 Harry Randall Labour
1950 Richard Fort Conservative
1959 Sir Francis Pearson Conservative
1970 David Walder Conservative
1979 by-election David Waddington Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Ribble Valley

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Waddington 25,081 57.1 +9.1
Labour Lindsay R. Sutton 13,502 30.7 −0.5
Liberal Frank Wilson 5,362 12.2 −8.6
Majority 11,579 26.3
Turnout 43,945 80.7 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing
By-election 1979: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Waddington 22,185 65.0 +17.0
Labour Lindsay R. Sutton 9,685 28.4 −2.8
Liberal Frank Wilson 2,242 6.6 −14.2
Majority 12,500 36.6 +19.8
Turnout 34,112
Conservative hold Swing +9.9
General Election October 1974: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Walder 19,643 48.0 +0.2
Labour Barry McColgan 12,775 31.2 +3.2
Liberal C. William Roberts 8,503 20.8 −3.4
Majority 6,868 16.8 −3.0
Turnout 40,921 78.6 −5.0
Conservative hold Swing −1.5
General Election February 1974: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Walder 20,613 47.8 −3.8
Labour Michael Walsh 12,085 28.0 −7.8
Liberal C. William Roberts 10,438 24.2 +11.6
Majority 8,528 19.8
Turnout 43,136 83.7 +4.4
Conservative hold Swing +2.0
General Election 1970: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Walder 20,430 51.6 +5.5
Labour K.C. Bodfish 14,158 35.8 −4.3
Liberal V.I. MacMillan 4,965 12.6 −1.2
Majority 6,272 15.9
Turnout 39,553 79.3 −4.3
Conservative hold Swing +4.9

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Francis Pearson 17,244 46.1 −2.7
Labour R. Hodge 15,014 40.1 +2.6
Liberal V.I. MacMillan 5,168 13.8 +0.1
Majority 2,230 6.0
Turnout 37,426 83.5 −1.8
Conservative hold Swing −2.7
General Election 1964: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Francis Pearson 18,559 48.8 −9.3
Labour Doug Hoyle 14,278 37.5 −4.4
Liberal M. Strange 5,209 13.7 N/A
Majority 4,281 11.3
Turnout 38,046 85.3 −1.3
Conservative hold Swing −2.5

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Francis Pearson 22,314 58.1 +1.6
Labour W. Rutter 16,103 41.9 −1.6
Majority 6,211 16.2
Turnout 38,417 86.6 +1.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
General Election 1955: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Fort 21,615 56.5 +1.2
Labour W. Rutter 16,671 43.5 −1.2
Majority 4,944 12.9
Turnout 38,286 85.3 −4.8
Conservative hold Swing +1.2
General Election 1951: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Fort 23,007 55.3 +5.7
Labour H. Bradley 18,582 44.7 +0.9
Majority 4,425 10.6
Turnout 41,589 90.1 −1.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.4
General Election 1950: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Fort 20,814 49.6
Labour Harry Randall 18,359 43.8
Liberal J.W. Wyers 2,765 6.6
Majority 2,455 5.9
Turnout 41,938 91.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
1906 General Election: Clitheroe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David James Shackleton 12,035 75.9
Independent Conservative B.J. Belton 3,828 24.1
Majority 8,207 51.8
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  2. ^ a b c Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 177–178. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  4. ^ a b The election of Wilson in 1841 was voided on petition, and Cardwell declared elected in 1842 after scrutiny of the ballots
  5. ^ a b The result of the 1852 general election in Clitheroe was voided on petition, and a by-election held in May 1853. The by-election result was also voided on petition, and a second by-election held in August 1853