Kingston-upon-Thames (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kingston-upon-Thames
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County 1885–1965: Surrey
1965–1997: Greater London
Major settlements Kingston upon Thames
19181997
Number of members One
Replaced by Kingston & Surbiton
Richmond Park
18851918
Number of members One
Type of constituency County constituency
Created from East Surrey

Kingston-upon-Thames was a parliamentary constituency in the South-West London suburb of Kingston upon Thames which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election as a county division called Kingston from part of the East Surrey constituency. It was became a borough constituency at the 1918 general election, when it was renamed as Kingston-upon-Thames.

It was abolished for the 1997 general election. Its territory was then divided between the new constituencies of Kingston and Surbiton and Richmond Park.

The constituency's most high-profile MP was the Conservative Norman Lamont, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990 to 1993.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency consisted of the town of Kingston upon Thames and the surrounding areas.

From 1983 to 1997 it consisted of eleven electoral wards of the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames: Burlington; Cambridge; Canbury; Coombe; Grove; Hill; Malden Manor; Norbiton; Norbiton Park; St James; and Tudor.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party [2][3]
1885 Sir John Ellis, Bt. Conservative
1892 Sir Richard Temple Conservative
1895 Sir Thomas Skewes-Cox Conservative
1906 Sir George Cave Conservative
1918 John Campbell Coalition Conservative
1922 Sir Frederick Penny Conservative
1937 by-election Sir Percy Royds Conservative
1945 John Boyd-Carpenter Conservative
1972 by-election Norman Lamont Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Kingston & Surbiton and Richmond Park

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Kingston upon Thames[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Lamont 20,675 51.6 −4.6
Liberal Democrat Derek Richard Osbourne 10,522 26.3 −3.9
Labour Robert Harold Markless 7,748 19.3 +6.2
Liberal Adrian Charles Amer 771 1.9 −28.3
Monster Raving Loony David John Beaupré 212 0.5 +0.5
Natural Law Graham Douglas Woollcoombe 81 0.2 +0.2
Anti-Federalist League Anthony John Edward Scholefield 42 0.1 +0.1
Majority 10,153 25.4 −0.6
Turnout 40,051 78.4 −0.1
Conservative hold Swing −0.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Lamont 24,198 56.19
Liberal R.M. Hayes 13,012 30.22
Labour R. Markless 5,676 13.18
CPWSML J. Baker 175 0.41
Majority 11,186 25.98
Turnout 78.52
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Lamont 22,094 54.10
Liberal R. Hayes 13,222 32.37
Labour P.J. Smith 4,977 12.19
Ecology A. Presant-Collins 290 0.71
Loony Society P. Dodd 259 0.63
Majority 8,872 21.72
Turnout 71.91
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Lamont 24,944 57.85
Labour J.A. Torode 11,400 26.44
Liberal D. Terry 6,771 15.70
Majority 13,544 31.41
Turnout 74.89
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Lamont 20,680 48.63
Labour A. Quick 12,266 28.84
Liberal Stephen J. Wells 9,580 22.53
Majority 8,414 19.79
Turnout 71.77
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Lamont 23,006 48.57
Liberal Stephen J. Wells 12,699 28.81
Labour Chris Mullin 11,369 24.00
Anti-Common Market Conservative M.J. Christie 288 0.61
Majority 10,307 21.76
Turnout 80.53
Conservative hold Swing
Kingston-upon-Thames by-election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Lamont 16,679 52.32 -4.25
Labour Anthony Judge 9,892 31.03 -0.64
Liberal Stephen J. Wells 3,601 11.3 -0.36
Anti-Common Market Conservative Edgar Scruby 1,705 5.35 N/A
Majority 6,787
Turnout 31,877
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Kingston-Upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Boyd-Carpenter 23,426 56.67
Labour RH Crockett 13,090 31.67
Liberal Stephen J. Wells 4,822 11.66
Majority 10,336 25.0
Turnout 41,338 69.13
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John A Boyd-Carpenter 22,781 51.29
Labour James S Cook 14,915 33.58
Liberal Michael F Burns 6,722 15.13
Majority 7,866 17.71
Turnout 76.97
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Boyd-Carpenter 23,973 52.79
Labour Tom Braddock 13,611 29.97
Liberal Stanley Rundle 7,827 17.24
Majority 10,362 22.82
Turnout 77.12
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Boyd-Carpenter 31,649 67.26
Labour T. Braddock 15,408 32.74
Majority 16,241 34.51
Turnout 77.91
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Boyd-Carpenter 31,069 65.86
Labour GH Loman 16,104 34.14
Majority 14,965 31.72
Turnout 76.38
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Boyd-Carpenter 38,516 63.52
Labour R. Hesketh 22,117 36.48
Majority 16,399 27.05
Turnout 81.14
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Boyd-Carpenter 36,886 58.98
Labour NM Johns 21,229 33.94
Liberal DG Maskrey 4,429 7.08
Majority 15,657 25.03
Turnout 85.24
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Boyd-Carpenter 37,085 56.53
Labour GH Elvin 28,516 43.47
Majority 8,569 13.06
Turnout 73.27
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Kingston upon Thames by-election, 1937[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Percy Royds 19,887
Labour George H Loman 9,972
Majority 9,915
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Kingston upon Thames

[6] Electorate 74,476

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Frederick Penny 32,953 67.5
Labour George H Loman 10,014 20.5
Liberal Frank John Powell 5,832 12.0
Majority 22,939 47.0
Turnout 65.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1931: Kingston upon Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Frederick Penny 35,925 82.5
Labour J.W. Fawcett 7,613 17.5
Majority 28,312 65.0
Turnout 69.2
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Kingston upon Thames[7]

Electorate 56,004

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Frederick Penny 20,911 54.1 -16.1
Labour J.W. Fawcett 8,903 23.1 +3.3
Liberal Frank John Powell 8,796 22.8 +12.8
Majority 12,008 31.0
Turnout 68.9 -2.4
Conservative hold Swing -9.7

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 366. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 399. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S.
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S.
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Huntingdon
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
1990 – 1993
Succeeded by
Rushcliffe