Huyton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Huyton
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19501983
Number of members one

Huyton was a county constituency in the United Kingdom. Created in 1950, it was centred on Huyton in Lancashire (later Merseyside), North West England, just beyond the borders of the city of Liverpool. Its one and only Member of Parliament throughout its existence was Labour MP Harold Wilson, who became Labour Party leader in 1963, then serving as prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and again from 1974 to 1976.

The constituency ceased to exist with the implementation of the 1983 boundary changes and was replaced by the Knowsley South Constituency. This coincided with Wilson's retirement from parliament.[1]

Boundaries[edit]

As created in 1950, the constituency included the urban districts of Huyton with Roby, Prescot, and the parishes of Eccleston, Kirkby, Knowsley and Windle from the Whiston Rural District. The area had previously formed part of the Widnes constituency. In 1970 it was redefined, excluding Kirkby, which instead became part of the Ormskirk constituency.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 Harold Wilson Labour
1983 Constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 27,449 51.9 -8.9
Conservative Garnet Harrison 19,939 37.7 +8.0
Liberal P Cottier 5,476 10.4 +0.9
Majority 7,510 14.2
Turnout 52,864 72.4
Labour hold Swing -8.5
General Election October 1974: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 31,750 60.8 +4.1
Conservative W Peters 15,517 29.7 +0.3
Liberal M Braham 4,956 9.5 -4.0
Majority 16,233 31.0
Turnout 52,223 71.1
Labour hold Swing +1.9
General Election February 1974: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 31,767 56.7
Conservative Thomas Benyon 16,462 29.4
Liberal N Snowden 7,584 13.5
More Prosperous Britain Harold Smith 234 0.4
Majority 15,305 27.3
Turnout 56,047 77.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 45,583 63.1 -3.3
Conservative John Nicholas McAlpine Entwistle 24,509 33.9 +1.3
Democratic John Walter Gerald Sparrow 1,232 1.7 N/A
Communist Joseph Ivor Kenny 890 1.2 N/A
Majority 21,074 29.1 -4.7
Turnout 72,214 70.1
Labour hold Swing -2.4

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 41,122 66.4 +2.5
Conservative T L Hobday 20,182 32.6 -2.1
National Teenage Party David Sutch 585 0.9 N/A
Majority 20,940 33.8 +4.6
Turnout 61,889 70.1
Labour hold Swing +2.3
General Election 1964: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 42,213 63.9 +9.0
Conservative Harold Tucker 22,940 34.7 -10.4
Communist Anti-Revisionist M Baker 899 1.4 N/A
Majority 19,273 29.2
Turnout 66,052 76.7
Labour hold Swing +9.7

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 33,111 54.9 +2.2
Conservative G B Woolfenden 27,184 45.1 -2.2
Majority 5,927 9.8
Turnout 60,295 77.9
Labour hold Swing +2.2
General Election 1955: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 24,858 52.7 +1.4
Conservative Geraint Morgan 22,300 47.3 -1.4
Majority 2,558 5.4
Turnout 47,158 78.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 23,582 51.3 +2.9
Conservative F L Neep 22,389 48.7 +2.2
Majority 1,193 2.6 +0.7
Turnout 45,971 84.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Huyton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Wilson 21,536 48.4
Conservative S Smart 20,702 46.5
Liberal H G Edwards 1,905 4.3
Communist L McGree 387 0.9
Majority 834 1.9
Turnout 44,530 85.0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Youngs, Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Volume 2

Sources[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Belper
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1963–1964
Succeeded by
Kinross and Perthshire West
Preceded by
Kinross and Perthshire West
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
1964–1970
Succeeded by
Bexley
Preceded by
Bexley
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1970–1974
Succeeded by
Sidcup
Preceded by
Sidcup
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
1974–1976
Succeeded by
Cardiff South East