Kennington (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kennington
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851950
Number of members one
Replaced by Vauxhall
Created from Lambeth

Kennington was a borough constituency centred on the Kennington district of South London. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election.

Kennington in the Metropolitan Board of Works area, showing boundaries used from 1885 to 1918.
Kennington in the Parliamentary County of London from 1918 to 1949.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Robert Gent-Davis Conservative
1889 by-election Mark Hanbury Beaufoy Liberal
1895 Sir Frederick Lucas Cook Conservative
1906 Sir Stephen Collins Liberal
1918 Henry George Purchase Coalition Liberal
1922 Francis Capel Harrison Conservative
1923 Thomas Samuel Beauchamp Williams Labour
1924 George Harvey Unionist
1929 Leonard Warburton Matters Labour
1931 Sir George Harvey Conservative
1939 by-election John Wilmot Labour
1945 Charles Gibson Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles William Gibson 12,910 70.2
Conservative S.H. Stanley 5,471 29.8
Majority 7,439 40.4
Turnout 29,529 62.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Kennington by-election, 1939: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Charles Wilmot 10,715 60.1
Conservative A. Kennedy 7,119 39.9
Majority 3,596 20.2
Turnout 43,907 40.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1935: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Harvey 12,401 51.1
Labour Leonard Warburton Matters 11,856 48.9
Majority 545 2.2
Turnout 43,583 55.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Harvey 18,371 64.3
Labour Leonard Warburton Matters 10,188 35.7
Majority 8,183 28.6
Turnout 46,600 61.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leonard Warburton Matters 15,477 55.7
Conservative George Harvey 12,328 44.3
Majority 3,149 11.4
Turnout 46,290 60.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1924: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Harvey 14,898 56.3
Labour Thomas Samuel Beauchamp Williams 11,572 43.7
Majority 3,326 12.6
Turnout 37,629 70.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1923: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Samuel Beauchamp Williams 8,292 39.2
Conservative Reginald Blair 7,782 36.8
Liberal Thomas Owen Jacobsen 5,075 24.0
Majority 510 2.4
Turnout 36,729 57.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Harry Gosling
General Election 1922

Electorate 36,451

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Francis Capel Harrison 10,081 47.3
Labour Harry Gosling 7,670 36.1
National Liberal Henry George Purchase 3,522 16.6
Majority 2,411 11.2
Turnout 36,451 58.4
Conservative gain from Coalition Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Henry Purchase
General Election 1918

Electorate 37,322

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal Henry George Purchase 4,705 42.4
Conservative Mrs. Alice Lucas 3,573 32.2
Labour William Glennie 2,817 25.4
Majority 1,132 10.2
Turnout 37,322 29.7
Coalition Liberal hold Swing
Stephen Collins
General Election December 1910: Lambeth, Kennington

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Stephen Collins 3,565 47.6
Conservative Francis Alfred Lucas 3,510 46.9
Socialist Albert Victor Grayson 408 5.5
Majority 55 0.7
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing -2.0
General Election January 1910: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Stephen Collins 4,246 52.3
Conservative Francis Alfred Lucas 3,865 47.7
Majority 381 4.6
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing -8.0

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Stephen Collins
General Election 1906: Lambeth, Kennington

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Stephen Collins 4,639 60.3
Conservative Sir Frederick Lucas Cook 3,054 39.7
Majority 1,585 20.6
Turnout 10,382 74.1
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +24.8
General Election 1900: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Lucas Cook 4,195 64.5
Liberal Richard Walter Essex 2,309 35.5
Majority 1,886 29.0
Turnout 10,432 62.3
Conservative hold Swing +7.7

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederick Lucas Cook 3,764 51.8
Liberal Mark Hanbury Beaufoy 2,769 38.1
Independent Liberal W. Wightman 730 10.1
Majority 995 13.7
Turnout 10,117 71.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +11.2
General Election 1892: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mark Hanbury Beaufoy 3,860 54.3
Conservative Ferdinand Faithfull Begg 3,253 45.7
Majority 607 8.6
Turnout 9,348 76.1
Liberal hold Swing +0.1

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Kennington by-election, 1889
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mark Hanbury Beaufoy 4,069 54.2
Conservative P.B. Beresford-Hope 3,439 45.8
Majority 630 8.4
Turnout 8,920 84.2
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +7.8
General Election 1886: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Gent-Davis 3,222 53.6
Liberal Mark Hanbury Beaufoy 2,792 46.4
Majority 430 7.2
Turnout 8,313 72.3
Conservative hold Swing +0.8
General Election 1885: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Gent-Davis 3,351 52.6
Liberal John O'Connor Power 2,991 46.9
Social Democratic Federation John Fielding 32 0.5
Majority 360 5.7
Turnout 8,313 76.7

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