Epsom (UK Parliament constituency)

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Epsom
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Location of Surrey within England.
County Surrey
Major settlements Epsom, Ewell and Ashtead
18851974 (1974)
Number of members One
Replaced by Epsom and Ewell
Created from East Surrey

Epsom was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. From its creation in 1885 until its abolition in 1974, it was always held by the Conservative Party.

History[edit]

The constituency was established for the 1885 general election from part of the East Surrey constituency. It was abolished for the February 1974 general election and largely replaced by the new Epsom and Ewell constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1885 constituency created
1885 George Cubitt Conservative
1892 Thomas Bucknill Conservative
1899 by-election William Keswick Conservative
1912 by-election Henry Keswick Conservative
1918 George Blades Conservative
1928 by-election Sir Archibald Southby Conservative
1947 by-election Malcolm McCorquodale Conservative
1955 Peter Rawlinson Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished. See Epsom and Ewell

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Epsom [2]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Cubitt n/a
Liberal n/a
Majority n/a
Turnout n/a
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Epsom [3]

Electorate

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

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Epsom [4]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Thomas Townsend Bucknill
Liberal Thomas Allnutt Brassey
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1895: Epsom [5]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Thomas Townsend Bucknill
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
William Keswick
Epsom by-election, 1899[6]

Electorate

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

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Epsom [7]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Keswick
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1906: Epsom [8]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Keswick
Liberal Alfred Withall Aston
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Epsom [9]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Keswick
Liberal Sir Albert Kaye Rollit
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Epsom [10]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Keswick unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Henry Keswick
Epsom by-election, 1912[11]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Keswick
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
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;

General Election 1918: Epsom [12]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist
Labour Sgt. James Chuter Ede
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Epsom [13]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir George Rowland Blades
Labour Dr Somerville Hastings
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Epsom [14]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir George Rowland Blades
Labour John Eric Langdon-Davies
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
1924 General Election: Epsom

Electorate 37,515[15]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir George Rowland Blades 20,017 79.5
Labour Philip Butler 5,149 20.5
Majority 14,868 59.0
Turnout 67.1
Unionist hold Swing
Epsom by-election, 1928

Electorate 43,292[16]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Archibald Richard James Southby 13,364 60.3 -19.2
Liberal S Parnell Kerr 5,095 23.0 n/a
Labour Miss Helen M Keynes 3,719 16.8 -3.7
Majority 8,269 37.2 -21.8
Turnout 51.2 -5.9
Unionist hold Swing n/a
1929 General Election: Epsom

Electorate 63,268[17]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Archibald Richard James Southby 24,720 57.8 -2.5
Liberal S Parnell Kerr 10,422 24.3 +1.3
Labour Rev. Stanley James W Morgan 7,662 17.9 +1.1
Majority 14,298 33.5 -3.7
Turnout 67.7 +16.5
Unionist hold Swing -1.9

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Epsom [18]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Archibald Richard James Southby
Labour Rev. Stanley James W Morgan
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Epsom [19]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Archibald Richard James Southby
Labour Rev. Stanley James W Morgan
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

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 and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Epsom [21]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Archibald Richard James Southby
Labour Edward Arthur Alexander Shackleton
Liberal James Morgan Fowler
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Epsom by-election, 1947[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Malcolm Stewart McCorquodale 33,633 61.0 +11.1
Labour R Bishop 17,339 31.5 -6.3
Liberal David Arnold Scott Cairns 4,121 7.5 -4.7
Majority 16,447 33.0
Turnout 16,294
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Epsom [23]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Malcolm Stewart McCorquodale
Labour Frank M Hardie
Liberal N G Hudson
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Epsom [24]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Malcolm Stewart McCorquodale
Labour Frank M Hardie
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Epsom [25]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Anthony Grayson Rawlinson
Labour Arthur B Spencer Soper
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Epsom [26]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Anthony Grayson Rawlinson
Labour D Eric Heather
Liberal Robert WM Walsh
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Epsom [27]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Sir Peter Anthony Grayson Rawlinson
Liberal Robert WM Walsh
Labour Alan Lee Williams
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Epsom [28]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Sir Peter Anthony Grayson Rawlinson
Labour Cyril Carter
Liberal Robert W M Walsh
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Epsom [29]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Sir Peter Anthony Grayson Rawlinson
Labour E Guy Wilson
Liberal Peter H Billenness
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  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, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  12. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  14. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  15. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
  16. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
  17. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
  18. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  19. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  20. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  21. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  22. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  23. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  24. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  25. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  26. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  27. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  28. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  29. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig

Coordinates: 51°20′N 0°16′W / 51.33°N 0.27°W / 51.33; -0.27