Huntingdonshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Huntingdonshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Huntingdon
SW Cambridgeshire
Created from Huntingdon
Ramsey
1290–1885
Number of members 2 (1290 – 1654)
3 (1654 – 1659)
2 (1659 – 1885)
Type of constituency County constituency
Replaced by Huntingdon
Ramsey

Huntingdonshire was a Parliamentary constituency covering the county of Huntingdonshire in England. It was represented in the House of Commons of England until 1707, then in the House of Commons of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800, and then in the House of Commons the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1885. It returned two Knights of the Shire (apart from 1654 to 1659, when it returned three); when elections were contested, the bloc vote system was used.

Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, it was divided between the new single-seat county divisions of Huntingdon and Ramsey with effect from the 1885 general election.

In 1918, Huntingdon and Ramsey were re-united and the constituency was reconstituted, returning a single Member of Parliament (MP). After minor boundary changes for the 1983 general election, the modified constituency was renamed as Huntingdon. Its MP at the time, John Major, continued to represent it.

Boundaries[edit]

1974-1983: The boroughs of Huntingdon and Godmanchester and St Ives; the urban districts of Old Fletton, Ramsey and St Neots; and the rural districts of Huntingdon, Norman Cross, St Ives, and St Neots.

Members of Parliament[edit]

  • Constituency created (1290)

1290–1660[edit]

Parliament First member Second member Third Member (1654 & 1656 only)
1302 Sir John Swinford
1305 Sir John Swinford
1306 Sir John Swinford
1318 Sir John Swinford
1319 Sir John Swinford
1385 Sir Nicholas Stukeley Sir William Papworth
1386 Sir William Moigne Robert Lovetot [1]
1388 (Feb) Robert Waryn Richard Botiller [1]
1388 (Sep) Robert Waryn John Herlyngton [1]
1390 (Jan) Sir William Moigne Sir Henry Green [1]
1390 (Nov) Sir William Moigne Robert Waryn [1]
1391 Sir William Moigne Robert Lovetot [1]
1393 Sir John Peckbridge Sir Robert Stokes [1]
1394 John Herlyngton John Waweton [1]
1395 John Herlyngton John Waweton [1]
1397 (Jan) John Stukeley Sir Thomas Waweton [1]
1397 (Sep) John Knyvet Sir Thomas Waweton [1]
1399 John Herlyngton Robert Beville [1]
1401 Robert Scott Sir Thomas Waweton [1]
1402 Robert Scott Sir Thomas Waweton [1]
1404 (Jan) Robert Scott Sir John Tiptoft [1]
1404 (Oct) Robert Scott Sir John Tiptoft [1]
1406 John Botiller Sir John Tiptoft [1]
1407 Roger Hunt John Burton [1]
1410
1411 Nicholas Stukeley Robert Scott [1]
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) Roger Hunt Thomas Beville [1]
1414 (Apr) Roger Hunt John Botiller [1]
1414 (Nov) Nicholas Stukeley Sir Thomas Waweton [1]
1415 Nicholas Stukeley Thomas Beville [1]
1416 (Mar) Nicholas Stukeley Henry Waryn [1]
1416 (Oct) Sir Nicholas Stukeley John Hore [1]
1417 Roger Hunt Thomas Beville [1]
1419 Roger Hunt Roger Scott [1]
1420 Sir Nicholas Stukeley Sir Thomas Waweton [1]
1421 (May) Sir Nicholas Stukeley Roger Hunt [1]
1421 (Dec) Robert Stonham Henry Hethe [1]
1422 Sir Thomas Waweton
1422 Roger Hunt
1423 Roger Hunt
1425 Roger Hunt
1426 Roger Hunt
1427 Roger Hunt
1429 Roger Hunt ?Robert Stonham
1431 Roger Hunt
1432 Roger Hunt Robert Stonham
1433 Roger Hunt Robert Stonham
1439 Robert Stonham
1442 Robert Stonham
1445 Robert Stonham
1447 Robert Stonham
1449 Thomas Tresham
1449 (Nov) Robert Stonham
1450 Robert Stonham
1453 Robert Stonham
1472 John Sapcote
1510 John Wynde John Taylard[2]
1512
1515
1523
1529 Nicholas Harvey Lawrence Taylard [2]
1536
1539 Richard Cromwell alias Williams Oliver Leder [2]
1542 (Sir) Richard Cromwell alias Williams Robert ap Rice [2]
1545
1547 Sir John Baker Robert ap Rice [2]
1553 (Mar)  ? Thomas Audley [2]
1553 (Oct) (Sir) Lawrence Taylard Oliver Leder [2]
1554 (Apr) Sir Robert Tyrwhitt Thomas Cotton [2]
1554 (Nov) William Lawrence Henry Mannock [2]
1555 Thomas Maria Wingfield William Mallory [2]
1558 Thomas Cotton William Lawrence [2]
1559 (Jan) Sir Robert Tyrwhitt Simon Throckmorton[3]
1562–1563 Henry Cromwell alias Williams Richard Dorrington [3]
1571 Sir Henry Darcy Richard Dorrington [3]
1572 (Apr) Richard Dorrington, died
and replaced 1576 by
Sir Henry Darcy
Francis Cromwell alias Williams [3]
1584 (Nov) Robert Bevill John Dorrington [3]
1586 Edward Wingfield George Walton [3]
1588 (Oct) (Sir) Edward Wingfield Oliver Cromwell [3]
1593 (Sir) Edward Wingfield Oliver Cromwell [3]
1597 (Oct) Sir Gervase Clifton Oliver Cromwell [3]
1601 (Oct) Sir Gervase Clifton Oliver Cromwell [3]
1604 Sir Robert Cotton, 1st Baronet, of Connington Sir Oliver Cromwell
1614 Sir Robert Payne Sir Oliver Cromwell
1621–1622 Richard Beavill Sir Robert Payne
1624 Edward Montagu Sir Oliver Cromwell
1625 Edward Montagu Sir Oliver Cromwell
1626 Edward Montagu Sir Robert Payne
1628 Sir Robert Payne Sir Capel Bedel
1629–1640 No Parliaments convened
Apr 1640 Thomas Cotton Sir Capel Bedel
Nov 1640 Sir Sidney Montagu, disabled
replaced by Edward Montagu
Valentine Walton
1653 Edward Montagu Stephen Pheasant
1654 Edward Montagu Henry Cromwell Stephen Pheasant
1656 General Edward Montague Henry Cromwell Nicholas Pedley
1659 Henry Cromwell Nicholas Pedley
1659 Edward Montagu Valentine Walton

MPs 1660–1885[edit]

Year First member First party Second member Second party
1660 Viscount Mandeville Henry Cromwell
February 1673 Sir Nicholas Pedley
November 1673 Robert Apreece
February 1679 Hon. Ralph Montagu
August 1679 Sir Thomas Proby, Bt Silius Titus
1685 Sir John Cotton, Bt Sir Lionel Walden
1689 Robert Montagu Sir Robert Bernard, Bt
1690 John Dryden
1693 John Proby
1695 Heneage Montagu Anthony Hammond
June 1698 Robert Apreece
July 1698 John Proby Robert Throckmorton
1699 John Dryden
1702 William Naylor
1705 John Pocklington
1708 John Proby
1710 Sir John Cotton, Bt
1713 Sir Matthew Dudley, Bt Whig Robert Pigott
1715 John Bigg
April 1722 Viscount Hinchingbrooke
October 1722 John Proby
1727 Marquess of Hartington Whig
1730 Robert Pigott
1734 Lord Robert Montagu
1739 Charles Clarke
1741 William Mitchell Coulson Fellowes
1745 William Montagu
1747 Edward Wortley-Montagu
1754 The Lord Carysfort
1761 Viscount Mandeville
1762 Lord Charles Montagu
1765 Robert Bernard
1768 Viscount Hinchingbrooke Tory The Earl Ludlow
1792 Lancelot Brown
1794 Viscount Hinchingbrooke
1796 Lord Frederick Montagu
1806 Lord Proby
1807 William Henry Fellowes
1814 Lord Proby
1818 Lord Frederick Montagu
1820 Lord John Russell Whig
1826 Viscount Mandeville
1830 Lord Strathavon
1831 John Bonfoy Rooper
1837 Edward Fellowes Conservative George Thornhill
1852 Viscount Mandeville Conservative
1855 James Rust
1859 Lord Robert Montagu Conservative
1874 Sir Henry Pelly, Bt
1877 Viscount Mandeville
1880 William Fellowes Conservative Lord Douglas Gordon
1885 constituency abolished, Huntingdon and Ramsey from 1885

MPs 1918–1983[edit]

Year Member Party
Huntingdon and Ramsey prior to 1918
1918 Oliver Locker-Lampson Conservative
1922 Charles Kenneth Murchison Conservative
1923 Leonard Costello Liberal
1924 Sir Charles Kenneth Murchison Conservative
1929 Sidney John Peters Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1945 David Lockhart-Mure Renton National Liberal
1968 Conservative
1979 John Major Conservative
1983 constituency abolished, Huntingdon and part of SW Cambs from 1983

Elections[edit]

General Election 1979: Huntingdonshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Major 40,193 55.3 +10.2
Labour J G H Fulbrook 18,630 25.7 −3.9
Liberal D G Rowe 12,812 17.6 −7.7
National Front K T Robinson 983 1.4 N/A
Majority 21,563 29.6
Turnout 72.618 77.4 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing +7.1
General Election October 1974: Huntingdonshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir David Lockhart-Mure Renton 26,989 45.1 +0.5
Labour A G Dowson 17,745 29.6 +3.4
Liberal D G Rowe 15,152 25.3 −3.9
Majority 9,244 15.5
Turnout 59,886 75.1 −7.3
Conservative hold Swing −2.9
General Election 1974 (February): Huntingdonshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir David Lockhart-Mure Renton 29,042 44.6 −10.1
Liberal D G Rowe 19,040 29.2 +19.0
Labour P A Ormerod 17,066 26.2 −8.9
Majority 10,002 15.4
Turnout 65,148 82.4 +7.1
Conservative hold Swing −14.6
General Election 1970: Huntingdonshire[5]

Electorate 66,602

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir David Lockhart-Mure Renton 27,398 54.7 +5.6
Labour James P P Curran 17,588 35.1 −1.6
Liberal Michael W B O'Loughlin 5,082 10.2 −4.0
Majority 9,810 19.6
Turnout 50,068 75.3 −2.3
Conservative hold Swing +3.6
General Election 1966: Huntingdonshire[5]

Electorate 53,745

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Sir David Lockhart-Mure Renton 20,504 49.1 −2.0
Labour Martin Lawn 15,276 36.7 +5.4
Liberal David R A Spreckley 5,900 14.2 −3.4
Majority 5,228 12.4
Turnout 41,680 77.6 −1.2
Liberal National hold Swing −3.7
General Election 1964: Huntingdonshire[5]

Electorate 50,483

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National David Lockhart-Mure Renton 20,320 51.1 −2.8
Labour Leslie J Potter 12,456 31.3 −0.5
Liberal Peter G H Thorold 6,992 17.6 +3.3
Majority 7,864 19.8
Turnout 39,768 78.8 −1.6
Liberal National hold Swing −1.2
General Election 1959: Huntingdonshire[5]

Electorate 46,794

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National David Lockhart-Mure Renton 20,254 53.9 −4.5
Labour John Wilson Fear 11,983 31.8 −9.8
Liberal Richard E W Vanderplank 5,389 14.3 N/A
Majority 8,271 22.1
Turnout 37,626 80.4 +3.3
Liberal National hold Swing +2.7
General Election 1955: Huntingdonshire[5]

Electorate 45,757

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National David Lockhart-Mure Renton 20,609 58.4 +1.0
Labour John A Franks 14,670 41.6 −1.0
Majority 5,939 16.8
Turnout 35,279 77.1 −3.7
Liberal National hold Swing +1.0
General Election 1951: Huntingdonshire[5]

Electorate 44,925

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National David Lockhart-Mure Renton 20,845 57.4 +6.0
Labour Frank R Macdonald 15,487 42.6 +6.3
Majority 5,358 14.8
Turnout 36,332 80.8 −1.8
Liberal National hold Swing −0.2
General Election 1950: Huntingdonshire[5]

Electorate 43,699

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National David Lockhart-Mure Renton 18,551 51.4 +1.3
Labour Frank R Macdonald 13,096 36.3 +5.5
Liberal W G F Thompson 4,442 12.3 −6.8
Majority 5,455 15.1
Turnout 36,089 82.6 +16.9
Liberal National hold Swing −2.1
General Election 1945: Huntingdonshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National David Lockhart-Mure Renton 15,389 50.1 −18.6
Labour W A Waters 9,458 30.8 −0.5
Liberal Henry Walston 5,869 19.1 N/A
Majority 5,931 19.3
Turnout 30,716 65.7 −0.5
Liberal National hold Swing −9.1
General Election 1935: Huntingdonshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Sidney John Peters 17,287 68.7 −14.6
Labour J L George 7,861 31.3 +14.6
Majority 9,426 37.4
Turnout 25,148 66.2 −8.0
Liberal National hold Swing −14.6
General Election 1931: Huntingdonshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Sidney John Peters 23,102 83.3 +37.7
Labour Maurice Orbach 4,624 16.7 +4.4
Majority 18,478 66.6
Turnout 27,726 74.2 −3.0
Liberal National hold Swing +16.7
General Election 1929: Huntingdonshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sidney John Peters 12,889 45.6 +2.5
Conservative Charles Kenneth Murchison 11,935 42.1 −14.8
Labour C S Giddins 3,493 12.3 N/A
Majority 954 3.5
Turnout 28,317 77.2 −0.6
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +17.3
General Election 1924: Huntingdonshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Kenneth Murchison 12,827 56.9 +9.6
Liberal Leonard Wilfred James Costello 9,703 43.1 −9.6
Majority 3,124 13.8
Turnout 22,530 77.8 +8.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +9.6
Leonard Costello
General Election 1923: Huntingdonshire[6]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Leonard Wilfred James Costello 10,465 52.7 +27.0
Conservative Charles Kenneth Murchison 9,404 47.3 −3.4
Majority 1,061 5.4
Turnout 19,869 69.6 −1.1
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +15.2
Lina Scott Gatty
General Election 1922: Huntingdonshire[6]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Kenneth Murchison 10,079 50.7 −11.9
Liberal Lina Mary Scott Gatty 5,123 25.7 −11.7
Labour Dermot Johnston Freyer 4,697 23.6 N/A
Majority 4,956 25.0
Turnout 19,899 70.7 +7.9
Conservative hold Swing −0.1
General Election 1918: Huntingdonshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Locker-Lampson 10,760 62.6 N/A
Liberal Robert Christopher Grey 6,416 37.4 N/A
Majority 4,344 25.2
Turnout 17,176 62.8 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  4. ^ a b c F. W. S. Craig (1984), British Parliamentary Election Results, 1974-1983. Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g F. W. S. Craig (1971), British Parliamentary Election Results, 1950-1970. Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h F. W. S. Craig (1983), British Parliamentary Election Results, 1918-1949. Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services.

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