Eccles (UK Parliament constituency)

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Eccles
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Eccles in Greater Manchester for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
18852010
Number of members One
Replaced by Salford and Eccles, Worsley and Eccles South

Eccles was a parliamentary constituency of the United Kingdom, centred on the town of Eccles in Greater Manchester, England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

The constituency was established under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished at the 2010 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1885–1918[edit]

The constituency, known as South East Lancashire, Eccles Division, was defined as consisting of the civil parishes of Barton upon Irwell, Clifton, Flixton, Urmston, Worsley and the part of the parish of Pendlebury not in the Parliamentary Borough of Salford.[1]

1918–1983[edit]

The Representation of the People Act 1918 redrew all constituencies in Great Britain. The Parliamentary Borough of Eccles consisted of two local government districts: the Municipal Borough of Eccles and the Urban District of Swinton and Pendlebury (later incorporated as a borough). The seat was renamed Eccles Borough Constituency by the Representation of the People Act 1948.[1]

1983–1997[edit]

In 1983 constituency boundaries were altered to align with the new administrative geography introduced by the Local Government Act 1972. Eccles became a borough constituency in the parliamentary county of Greater Manchester, consisting of eight wards of the City of Salford: Barton, Eccles, Pendlebury, Swinton North, Swinton South, Weaste and Seedley & Winton.[2]

1997–2010[edit]

The boundaries of the constituency were altered for 1997 general election, reflecting a change in ward boundaries. It was defined as consisting of the following wards: Barton, Cadishead, Eccles, Irlam, Pendlebury, Swinton North, Swinton South and Winton.[3]

Abolition[edit]

Following its review of parliamentary representation in Greater Manchester, the Boundary Commission for England recommended that Eccles be split between two new constituencies:

These constituencies were used from the 2010 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [4] Party
1885 Alfred Egerton Conservative
1890 by-election Henry Roby Liberal
1895 Octavius Leigh-Clare Conservative
1906 Sir George Pollard Liberal
1918 Marshall Stevens Coalition Conservative
1922 John Buckle Labour
1924 Albert Bethel Conservative
1929 David Mort Labour
1931 John Potter Conservative
1935 Robert Cary Conservative
1945 William Proctor Labour
1964 Lewis Carter-Jones Labour
1987 Joan Lestor Labour
1997 Ian Stewart Labour
2010 constituency abolished: see Salford and Eccles and Worsley and Eccles South

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Stewart 19,702 56.9 -7.6
Conservative Thelma Matuk 6,816 19.7 -1.0
Liberal Democrat Jane Brophy 6,429 18.6 +3.8
UKIP Peter Reeve 1,685 4.9 +4.9
Majority 12,886 37.2
Turnout 34.632 50.2 +1.9
Labour hold Swing -3.3
General Election 2001: Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Stewart 21,395 64.5 -2.2
Conservative Peter Caillard 6,867 20.7 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Bob Boyd 4,920 14.8 +4.1
Majority 14,528 43.8
Turnout 33,182 48.3 -17.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Stewart 30,468 66.7
Conservative Gregory Barker 8,552 18.7
Liberal Democrat Bob Boyd 4,905 10.7
Referendum Party John de Roeck 1,765 3.9 +3.9
Majority 21,916 48.0
Turnout 45,690
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Lestor 27,357 56.9 +6.1
Conservative Gary J. Ling 14,131 29.4 -1.9
Liberal Democrat Rev. Geoff C. Reid 5,835 12.1 +12.1
Green Richard C. Duriez 521 1.1 +1.1
Natural Law Miss Joan A. Garner 270 0.6 +0.6
Majority 13,226
Turnout 48,114 74.1
Labour hold Swing +4.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Lestor 25,346 50.8 +5.0
Conservative Mrs. Joy Packalow 15,647 31.3 -1.9
Social Democratic Paul C.W. Beatty 8,924 17.9 N/A
Majority 9, 699 19.4
Turnout 49, 917 74.5
Labour hold Swing +3.5
General Election 1983: Eccles
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Carter-Jones 21, 644 45.9 -7.7
Conservative David H. Philp 15, 639 33.2 -2.6
Liberal Kenneth A. Hemsley 9,392 19.9 +10.1
Communist Bert Cottam 485 1.0 +0.2
Majority 6, 005 12.7 -5.1
Turnout 47, 160 70.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Eccles[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Carter-Jones 24,280 53.6 +0.3
Conservative J Reid 16,221 35.8 +4.6
Liberal G Knight 4,448 9.8 -4.9
Communist T Keenan 368 0.8 0.0
Majority 8,059 17.8 -4.3
Labour hold
General Election October 1974: Eccles[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Carter-Jones 22,328 53.3 +3.9
Conservative R J Dunn 13,062 31.2 -1.1
Liberal A M Collier 6,170 14.7 -2.8
Communist T Keenan 348 0.8 -0.1
Majority 9,266 22.1 +5.0
Labour hold
General Election February 1974: Eccles[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Carter-Jones 22,538 49.4 -6.2
Conservative R Dunn 14,752 32.3 -10.6
Liberal A M Collier 7,966 17.5 N/A
Communist T Keenan 404 0.9 -0.6
Majority 7,786 17.1 +4.4
Labour hold
General Election 1970: Eccles[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Carter-Jones 23,913 55.6 -3.9
Conservative Rhodes Boyson 18,458 42.9 +5.4
Communist T Keenan 643 1.5 -1.5
Majority 5,455 12.7 -9.3
Labour hold

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Eccles[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Carter-Jones 25,033 59.5 +2.2
Conservative H P Holland 15,776 37.5 -5.2
Communist M R Bennett 1,239 3.0 N/A
Majority 9,257 22.0 +7.3
Labour hold
General Election 1964: Eccles[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Carter-Jones 25,915 57.3 +5.3
Conservative J J Hodgson 19,277 42.7 -5.3
Majority 6,638 14.7 +10.7
Labour hold

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Eccles[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Thomas Proctor 25,566 52.0 -0.4
Conservative BRO Bell 23,580 48.0 +0.4
Majority 1,986 4.0 -0.8
Labour hold
General Election 1955: Eccles[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Thomas Proctor 25,351 52.4 -0.1
Conservative C P Lawson 23,025 47.6 0.0
Majority 2,326 4.8 -0.1
Labour hold
General Election 1951: Eccles[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Thomas Proctor 27,941 52.5 +1.8
Conservative J Whitely 25,330 47.6 +6.6
Majority 2,611 4.9 -4.8
Labour hold
General Election 1950: Eccles[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Thomas Proctor 27,409 50.7 -0.4
Conservative H Sharp 22,186 41.0 +6.4
Liberal J H Jones 4,477 8.3 -5.5
Majority 5,223 9.7 -6.9
Labour hold

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Eccles[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Thomas Proctor 23,008 51.1 +3.8
Conservative Robert Archibald Cary 15,562 34.6 -18.1
Liberal Cllr. Arthur Gerald Pollitt 6,215 13.8 N/A
Independent A B Brocklehurst 211 0.5 N/A
Majority 7,446 16.6
Labour gain from Conservative

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Eccles[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Archibald Cary 22,310 52.7 -9.1
Labour J Grierson 20,055 47.3 +9.1
Majority 2,255 5.3 -18.3
Conservative hold
General Election 1931: Eccles[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Potter 26,049 61.8 +31.9
Labour David Llewelyn Mort 16,101 38.2 -11.8
Majority 9,948 23.6
Conservative gain from Labour

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Eccles[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Llewelyn Mort 20,489 50.0 +3.2
Conservative Albert Bethel 12,252 29.9 -23.3
Liberal Cllr Handel Wilde 8,237 20.1 N/A
Majority 8,374 20.4
Labour gain from Conservative
General Election 1924: Eccles[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Albert Bethel 16,823 53.2 +7.0
Labour John Buckle 14,798 46.8 +4.1
Majority 2,025 6.4
Conservative gain from Labour
General Election 1923: Eccles[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Buckle 12,267 42.7 -8.7
Conservative Marshall Stevens 10,364 36.2 -12.4
Liberal William Sandiford Ashton 6,011 21.0 N/A
Majority 1,863 6.5 0
Labour hold
General Election 1922: Eccles[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Buckle 14,354 51.4
Conservative Marshall Stevens 13,551 48.6
Majority 1,803 6.5
Labour gain from Conservative

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Eccles[22]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Conservative Marshall Stevens 15,821 82.3 N/A
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 3,408 17.7 -34.7
Majority 12,413 64.6
Coalition Conservative gain from Liberal
General Election December 1910: S.E. Lancashire (Eccles)[23]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir George Herbert Pollard 8,467 52.4 +12.4
Conservative J G D Campbell 7,676 47.6 +8.9
Majority 791 4.9 +2.5
Liberal hold
General Election January 1910: S.E. Lancashire (Eccles)[24]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir George Herbert Pollard 7,093 41.0 +2.2
Liberal Unionist G F Assinder 6,682 38.7 +3.9
Labour George Henry Stuart-Bunning 3,511 20.3 -6.1
Majority 411 2.4 -1.5
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

George Pollard
General Election 1906: S.E. Lancashire (Eccles)[25]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dr George Herbert Pollard 5,841 38.8 -10.3
Conservative T Stuttard 5,246 34.8 -16.1
Labour Representation Committee Ben Tillett 3,985 26.4 N/A
Majority 595 3.9
Liberal gain from Conservative
General Election 1900: S.E. Lancashire (Eccles)[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Octavius Leigh Leigh-Clare 6,153 50.9 -1
Liberal John Pease Fry 5,934 49.1 +1
Majority 219 1.8 -2
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: S.E. Lancashire (Eccles)[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Octavius Leigh Leigh-Clare 5,722 51.9 +3.2
Liberal Henry John Roby 5,302 48.1 -3.2
Majority 420 3.8
Conservative gain from Liberal
General Election 1892: S.E. Lancashire (Eccles)[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry John Roby 5,340 51.3 +0.2
Conservative Octavius Leigh Leigh-Clare 5,071 48.7 -0.2
Majority 269 2.6 +0.5
Liberal hold
Eccles by-election, 1890[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry John Roby 4,901 51.1 +2.9
Conservative Hon. Algernon Egerton 4,696 48.9 -2.9
Majority 205 2.1
Liberal gain from Conservative

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: S.E. Lancashire (Eccles)[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hon. Alfred John Francis Egerton 4,277 51.8 +0.4
Liberal Ellis Duncombe Gosling 3,985 48.2 -0.4
Majority 292 3.5 +0.7
Conservative hold
General Election 1885: S.E. Lancashire (Eccles)[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hon. Alfred John Francis Egerton 4,559 51.4 N/A
Liberal Vernor Kirk Armitage 4,312 48.6 N/A
Majority 247 2.8 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.2: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. pp. 815, 818. ISBN 0-86193-127-0. 
  2. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/417)
  3. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/1626)". Office of Public Sector Information. 1995. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "UK General Election results, May 1979". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "UK General Election results, October 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "UK General Election results, February 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "UK General Election results, 1970". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "UK General Election results, March 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "UK General Election results, October 1964". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results, October 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "UK General Election results, February 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "UK General Election results, October 1951". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "UK General Election results, February 1950". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "UK General Election results, July 1945". Political Science Resources. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "The General Election. First Returns". The Times. 15 November 1935. p. 9. 
  17. ^ "The General Election. First Returns". The Times. 20 October 1931. p. 6. 
  18. ^ "The General Election. First Returns". The Times. 31 May 1929. p. 6. 
  19. ^ "The General Election. First Returns". The Times. 30 October 1924. p. 6. 
  20. ^ "The General Election. First Returns". The Times. 7 December 1923. p. 6. 
  21. ^ "The General Election. First Returns". The Times. 16 November 1922. p. 7. 
  22. ^ "General Election, 1918 - The Polls". The Times. 30 December 1918. p. 16. 
  23. ^ "Progress of the General Election". The Times. 8 December 1910. p. 7. 
  24. ^ "Progress of the General Election". The Times. 22 January 1910. p. 6. 
  25. ^ "Progress of the General Election". The Times. 25 January 1906. p. 10. 
  26. ^ "Progress of the General Election". The Times. 11 October 1900. p. 8. 
  27. ^ "The General Election. Unionist Gains in the Counties and in Wales". The Times. 19 July 1895. p. 6. 
  28. ^ "The General Election. The Polls.". The Times. 15 July 1892. p. 4. 
  29. ^ "Election Intelligence Lancashire (Eccles Division)". The Times. 23 October 1890. p. 5. 
  30. ^ "The New Parliament". The Times. 7 July 1886. p. 6. 
  31. ^ "The General Election. The Polls". The Times. 1 December 1885. p. 11. 

Coordinates: 53°29′N 2°20′W / 53.48°N 2.34°W / 53.48; -2.34