Hamilton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hamilton
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
19181997
Number of members One
Replaced by Hamilton North & Bellshill
Hamilton South
Created from Lanarkshire

Hamilton was a burgh constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was formed by the division of Lanarkshire constituency. The constituency was split in 1997 to form Hamilton North & Bellshill and Hamilton South.

Boundaries[edit]

From 1918 the constituency consisted of "The burgh of Hamilton and the part of the Middle Ward County District which is contained within the extraburghal portion of the parish of Hamilton and the parish of Dalserf."

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party Notes
1918 Duncan Graham Labour died 1942
1943 by-election Tom Fraser Labour resigned 1967
1967 by-election Winnie Ewing SNP
1970 Alex Wilson Labour died 1978
1978 by-election George Robertson Labour
1997 constituency abolished: see Hamilton North and Bellshill & Hamilton South

Election results[edit]

General Election 1918: Hamilton [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Duncan Macgregor Graham 6,988 42.1
Coalition Conservative Henry Shanks Keith 4,819 29.0
National Democratic David Gilmour 4,297 25.9
Liberal John Howard Whitehouse 504 3.0
General Election 1922: Hamilton [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Duncan Macgregor Graham 12,365
Conservative Sir Henry Shanks Keith 9,089
Helen Fraser
General Election 1923: Hamilton [4]

Electorate 27,617

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Duncan Macgregor Graham 11,858 58.4 +0.8
Liberal Miss Helen Fraser 8,436 41.6 n/a
Majority 3,422 16.8 +1.6
Turnout 73.5 -4.8
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Hamilton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Duncan Macgregor Graham 13,003
Conservative Andrew Dewar Gibb 8,372
General Election 1929: Hamilton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Duncan Macgregor Graham 16,595
Conservative R. McLellan 7,752
Communist Frank Moore 395
General Election 1931: Hamilton[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Duncan Macgregor Graham 14,233
Conservative Robert Henry Sherwood Calver 12,180
General Election 1935: Hamilton [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Duncan Macgregor Graham 17,049
Conservative Robert Henry Sherwood Calver 8,884
By-election 1943: Hamilton [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Fraser 10,725
Independent James Letham 2,503
By-election 1967: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Winifred Ewing 18,397 46.0 +46.0
Labour Alexander Wilson 16,598 41.5 -29.7
Conservative Ian Dyer 4,986 7.3 -4.6
Majority 1,779
Turnout 39,981
SNP gain from Labour Swing 37.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  3. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  4. ^ The Times, 8 November 1922
  5. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  6. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  8. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  9. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1944