Isle of Thanet (UK Parliament constituency)

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Isle of Thanet
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1885–February 1974
Number of members one

Isle of Thanet was a county constituency which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885, until it was abolished for the February 1974 general election.

It was located on the Isle of Thanet, in Kent.

Boundaries[edit]

Between 1918 and 1945 the constituency comprised the Municipal Districts of Margate, Ramsgate and Sandwich, the Urban District of Broadstairs and St Peters and the Rural District of Isle of Thanet.

In 1935 the Rural District of Isle of Thanet was abolished and was merged with the Rural District of Eastry (of which part was in the constituency).

In the boundary changes prior to the 1950 election the MD of Sandwich was transferred to Dover.

The boundary changes of November 1970 resulted in the division of the constituency into two. Thanet East which comprised the Ramsgate MB and Broadstairs & St Peters UD, and Thanet West which comprised the Margate MB and part of Eastry RD.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Edward Robert King-Harman Conservative
1888 by-election James Lowther Conservative
1904 by-election Harry Hananel Marks Conservative
1910 (Jan) Norman Carlyle Craig Conservative
1918 Coalition Conservative
1919 by-election Esmond Harmsworth Conservative
1929 Harold Balfour Conservative
1945 Edward Carson Conservative
1953 by-election William Rees-Davies Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished and replaced by Thanet West and Thanet East

Election results[edit]

January 1910 General Election

[1] Electorate 12,588

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Norman Carlyle Craig 6,892 66.9
Liberal Julian William Wellesley Weigall 3,410 33.1
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
Isle of Thanet by-election, 1919

[2] Electorate 31,767

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Hon. Esmond Cecil Harmsworth 9,711 57.9 -9.0
Liberal William J West 7,058 42.1 +9.0
Majority 2,653 15.8
Turnout 52.8
Unionist hold Swing -9.0
1922 General Election

[3] Electorate 38,500

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Hon. Esmond Cecil Harmsworth 16,116 61.2
Liberal Alfred Jesse Suenson-Taylor 10,226 38.8
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

Election 5 Jul 1945
Electorate 44,571
Turnout 69.17%
Voters 30,830

Edward Carson Conservative 15,023 48.73%
T C Boyd Labour 12,075 39.17%
P Willmett Liberal 3,732 12.11%

Election 23 Feb 1950
Electorate 68,022
Turnout 82.96%
Voters 56,431

Edward Carson Conservative 31,345 55.55%
T C Boyd Labour 20,522 36.37%
C J Wrong Liberal 4,561 8.08%

Election 25 Oct 1951
Electorate 69,782
Turnout 78.02%
Voters 54,444

Edward Carson Conservative 33,551 61.62%
O L Shaw Labour 20,892 38.37%

Election 26 May 1955
Electorate 69,910
Turnout 71.88%
Voters 50,251

William Rees-Davies Conservative 31,270 62.23%
K Jones Labour 18,981 37.77%

Election 8 Oct 1959
Electorate 71,952
Turnout 75.06%
Voters 54,007

William Rees-Davies Conservative 29,453 54.54%
H A Fountain Labour 17,555 32.50%
G MacDonald-Jones Liberal 6,998 12.96%

Election 15 Oct 1964
Electorate 78,664
Turnout 74.20%
Voters 58,369

William Rees-Davies Conservative 27,870 47.75%
E Wistrich Labour 20,520 35.16%
D Norrington Liberal 9,979 17.10%

Election 31 Mar 1966
Electorate 81,498
Turnout 75.67%
Voters 61,670

William Rees-Davies Conservative 29,302 47.51%
L Bishop Labour 24,416 39.59%
F Redman Liberal 7,952 12.89%

Election 18 Jun 1970
Electorate 89,227
Turnout 72.24%
Voters 64,458

William Rees-Davies Conservative 33,434 51.87%
L Bishop Labour 21,709 33.68%
Tudor Gates Liberal 7,176 11.13%
I Josephs Ind Conservative 2,136 3.31%

References[edit]

  1. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
  2. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
  3. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949