Kingston upon Hull Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kingston upon Hull Central
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851983
Number of members one

Kingston upon Hull Central was a parliamentary constituency in the city of Kingston upon Hull in East Yorkshire. It returned one Member of Parliament 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 1955 general election. It was then re-created for the February 1974 general election, and abolished again for the 1983 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1955[edit]

Event Member[1] Party
1885 Henry Seymour King Conservative
1911 by-election Sir Mark Sykes Conservative
1919 by-election Joseph Kenworthy Liberal
1926 Labour
1931 Basil Barton Conservative
1935 Walter Windsor Labour
1945 Mark Hewitson Labour
1955 constituency abolished

MPs 1974–1983[edit]

Event Member[1] Party
Feb 1974 Kevin McNamara Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Hull Central[2]

Electorate 8,181

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Seymour King 3,606 50.1
Liberal Robert William Aske 3,586 49.9
Majority 20 0.2
Turnout 87.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Hull Central[3]

Electorate 8,181

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Henry Seymour King 3,625 51.5 +1.4
Liberal Robert William Aske 3,418 48.5 -1.4
Majority 207 3.0 +2.8
Turnout 86.1 -1.8
Conservative hold Swing +2.4
Kingston upon Hull Central by-election, 1911[4]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tatton Benvenuto Mark Sykes 3,823 51.9 +0.4
Liberal Sir Robert William Aske 3,545 48.1 -0.4
Majority 3.8 +0.8
Turnout 7,368
Conservative hold Swing +0.4
General Election 1918

Electorate 31,421

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 13,805 80.1
Liberal Rev. Roderick Morris Kedward 3,434 19.9
Majority 10,371 60.2
Turnout 17,239 54.9
Unionist hold Swing
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.
Joseph Kenworthy
Kingston upon Hull Central by-election, 1919
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Joseph Kenworthy 8,616 52.8 +32.9
Unionist
  1. Lord Eustace Percy
7,699 47.2 -32.9
Majority 917 5.6 65.8
Turnout 51.9 -3.0
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +32.9

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922:

Electorate 35,037

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Joseph Montague Kenworthy 15,374 55.5 +2.7
Conservative Herbert William Looker 12,347 44.5 -2.7
Majority 3,027 11.0 +5.4
Turnout 27,721 79.1 +27.2
Liberal hold Swing +2.7
General Election 6 December 1923:

Electorate 36,085

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Joseph Montague Kenworthy 15,847
Conservative Edward Wooll 10,507
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election, 29 October 1924

Electorate 36,514

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Joseph Montague Kenworthy 15,234
Conservative Lancelot Evelyn Gaunt 12,904
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Kingston-upon-Hull Central by-election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Montague Kenworthy 16,145
Conservative Lancelot Evelyn Gaunt 11,466
Liberal Charles Iain Kerr 2,885
Majority
Turnout 30,496
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election, 30 May 1929

Electorate 44,439

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Montague Kenworthy 18,815 54.1
Conservative Lawrence Kimball 11,181 32.1
Liberal Alfred Samuel Doran 4,802 13.8
Majority 7,634 22.0
Turnout 78.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Kingston upon Hull Central

Electorate 43,153

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Basil Kelsey Barton 19,773 55.10
Labour Joseph Montague Kenworthy 16,113 44.90
Majority 3,660 10.20
Turnout 83.16
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Kingston upon Hull Central

Electorate 43,153

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Walter Windsor 14,851 52.88
Conservative Basil Kelsey Barton 13,231 47.12
Majority 1,620 5.77
Turnout 75.63
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1945: Kingston upon Hull Central

Electorate 20,482

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Capt. Mark Hewitson 8,786 58.75
Conservative Diana Spearman 4,106 27.46
Liberal C Stanley Bell 2,062 13.79
Majority 4,680 31.30
Turnout 73.01
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Capt. Mark Hewitson 27,351 56.49
Conservative RO Wilberforce 15,951 32.95
Liberal AR Hardcastle 5,113 10.56
Majority 11,400 23.55
Turnout 78.19
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Capt. Mark Hewitson 29,674 61.71
Conservative WR Bull 18,413 38.29
Majority 11,261 23.42
Turnout 76.33
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin McNamara 22,318 52.14
Conservative J Tillett 14,725 34.40
Liberal J Bryant 5,069 11.84
National Front A Braithwaite 422 0.99
Socialist Unity PM Stanton 274 0.64
Majority 7,593 17.74
Turnout 70.41
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin McNamara 22,417 52.35
Conservative PWJ Carver 12,596 29.41
Liberal N Turner 7,810 18.24
Majority 9,821 22.93
Turnout 67.67
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin McNamara 26,855 58.27
Conservative PWJ Carver 19,236 41.73
Majority 7,619 16.53
Turnout 73.51
Labour hold Swing

Notes and references[edit]

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  5. ^ Hull Daily Mail, 24 Jun 1938