East Dorset (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Dorset
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851950
Number of members One

East Dorset is a former United Kingdom Parliamentary constituency. It was formally known as the Eastern Division of Dorset. It was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was represented by one Knight of the Shire.

Boundaries[edit]

Between 1832 and 1885 the historic county of Dorset, in south western England, was an undivided three member county constituency - see the article on the Dorset constituency. In 1885 the county was divided for Parliamentary purposes between this constituency, North Dorset, South Dorset and West Dorset (there were no borough constituencies in Dorset in the redistribution of 1885). Each of these divisions comprised roughly a quarter of the area of the county and returned one member of Parliament.

In 1918 the four Dorset divisions were retained, but the boundaries were altered. This constituency was reduced in area to about half its former size, with the northern part of the old East division being transferred to North Dorset and the southern section to South Dorset.

The then local authorities comprising East Dorset in 1918 were the Municipal Borough of Poole, the Urban District of Wimborne Minster, the Rural District of Poole and part of the Rural District of Wimborne and Cranborne.

In the redistribution which took effect in the United Kingdom general election, 1950 the East county division was abolished. A new borough constituency of Poole was created. Wimborne Minster and the part of the Rural District of Wimborne and Cranborne previously in the abolished constituency, were transferred to North Dorset.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1885 Pascoe Glyn Liberal Younger son of Lord Wolverton
1886 George Hawkesworth Bond Conservative Died in 1891
1891 by-election Hon. Humphrey Napier Sturt Conservative Succeeded as 2nd Baron Alington in 1904
1904 by-election Charles Henry Lyell Liberal MP for Edinburgh South from April 1910
January 1910 Hon. Frederick Edward Guest Liberal Unseated on petition in May 1910
June 1910 Hon. Christian Henry Charles Guest Liberal MP for Pembroke & Haverfordwest from Dec 1910
December 1910 Rt Hon. Frederick Edward Guest Liberal Liberal Chief Whip 1917–1921, Secretary of State for Air 1921–1922
1918 Coalition Liberal
1922 Gordon Ralph Hall Caine Independent Conservative Took Conservative Whip January 1923
1923 Conservative
1929 Alec Ewart Glassey Liberal
1931 Gordon Ralph Hall Caine Conservative
1945 Mervyn James Wheatley Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

General Election January 1900[1]

Electorate 11,616

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hon. Humphrey Napier Sturt 4,776 50.5 n/a
Liberal Arthur Acland Allen 4,680 49.5 n/a
Turnout 81.4 n/a
Majority 96 1.0 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
East Dorset by-election, 1904[2]

Electorate 12,686

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Charles Henry Lyell 5,929 53.7 +4.2
Conservative Charles E. Van Raalte 5,109 46.3 -4.2
Turnout 87.0 +5.6
Majority 820 7.4 8.4
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +4.2
General Election January 1906[3]

Electorate 13,557

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Charles Henry Lyell 6,104 50.1 -3.6
Conservative C.E. Van Raalte 6,083 49.9 +3.6
Turnout 89.9 +2.9
Majority 21 0.2 6.2
Liberal hold Swing -3.6

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Frederick Guest
General Election January 1910

Electorate 14,794[4]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Frederick Edward Guest 6,957 51.6 +1.5
Conservative J.S. Nicholson 6,531 48.4 -1.5
Majority 426 3.2 +3.0
Turnout 91.2 +1.3
Liberal hold Swing +1.5
Henry Guest
East Dorset by-election, 1910

Electorate 14,794[5]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Christian Henry Charles Guest 6,967 52.2 +0.6
Conservative J.S. Nicholson 6,375 47.8 -0.6
Majority 592 4.4 +1.2
Turnout 90.2 -1.0
Liberal hold Swing +0.6
General Election December 1910

Electorate 14,794[6]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Frederick Edward Guest 6,819 52.1 -0.1
Conservative Maurice George Carr Glyn 6,266 47.9 +0.1
Majority 4.2 -0.2
Turnout 88.4 -1.8
Liberal 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 from 1914 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected; Liberal: Frederick Guest, Conservative:

General Election 1918

Electorate 29,988

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal
  1. Frederick Edward Guest
11,944
Labour Alfred Smith 4,321
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

A # denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922

Electorate 31,797

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Unionist Gordon Ralph Hall Caine 12,513 49.1
Labour Rev. Frederick Jesse Hopkins 6,914 27.1
National Liberal Rt Hon. Frederick Edward Guest 6,062 23.8
Majority 5,599 22.0
Turnout 80.2
Independent Unionist gain from National Liberal Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 32,828

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Gordon Ralph Hall Caine 12,480 48.5 -0.6
Liberal Richard Evan Williams Kirby 7,535 29.2 +2.1
Labour Rev. Frederick Jesse Hopkins 5,760 22.3 -1.5
Majority 4,945 19.3
Turnout 78.5
Unionist hold Swing -1.4
General Election 1924

Electorate 34,249

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Gordon Ralph Hall Caine 14,479 52.6 +4.1
Liberal Alec Ewart Glassey 8,828 32.1 +2.9
Labour Edward Joseph Stocker 4,205 15.3 -7.0
Majority 5,651 20.5
Turnout 80.3 +1.8
Unionist hold Swing +0.6
General Election 1929

Electorate 51,756

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alec Ewart Glassey 17,810 42.2 +10.1
Unionist Gordon Ralph Hall Caine 17,533 41.6 -11.0
Labour Edward Joseph Stocker 6,819 16.2 +0.9
Majority
Turnout 81.5
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +10.5

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931

Electorate 56,304

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gordon Ralph Hall Caine 20,711 44.5
Liberal Alec Ewart Glassey 18,801 40.4
Labour Edward Joseph Stocker 7,009 15.1
Majority 1,910 4.1
Turnout 46,521 82.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1935

Electorate 64,068

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gordon Ralph Hall Caine 25,520 53.5
Liberal Frank Walter Raffety 11,349 23.8
Labour Edward Joseph Stocker 10,823 22.7
Majority 14,171 29.7
Turnout 47,692 74.4
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: Mervyn Wheatley
  • Liberal: D. Graham Hutton
  • Labour: Hugh Ross Williamson
General Election 1945

Electorate 80,816

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lt-Col. Mervyn James Wheatley 26,561 43.8
Labour Lt-Com. Charles Fletcher Fletcher-Cooke 25,093 41.4
Liberal Lt-Col. John AH Mander 8,975 14.8
Majority 1,468 2.4
Turnout 75.0
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1977)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1974)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press, revised edition 1977)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume II 1886-1918, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1978)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume III 1919-1945, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1979)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1981)