Lonsdale (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lonsdale
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Lancashire
19181950
Number of members One
Replaced by Morecambe and Lonsdale
Created from Lancaster and North Lonsdale

Lonsdale was a county constituency in north Lancashire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post system.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Col. Claude William Henry Lowther Conservative
1922 Capt. (Myles Storr) Nigel Kennedy Conservative
1923 Henry Maden Liberal
1924 David Lindsay, Lord Balniel Conservative
1940 by-election Ian Fraser Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

General Election 14 December 1918:

Electorate 27,687

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lt-Col. Claude William Henry Lowther* 9,662 52.5
Labour David Hunter 4,472 24.3
Liberal Joseph Bliss 4,276 23.2
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
  • Received the Coupon.

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 15 November 1922:

Electorate 28,261

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Myles Storr Nigel Kennedy 12,030
Liberal Henry Maden 5,790
Labour Thomas Marshall Scott 4,024
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 6 December 1923:

Electorate 28,315

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry Maden 11,186
Conservative Myles Storr Nigel Kennedy 10,176
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election, 29 October 1924:

Electorate 28,171

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Alexander Robert Lindsay, Lord Balniel 13,460 57.4
Liberal Henry Maden 10,002 42.6
Majority 3,458 14.8
Turnout 83.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election, 30 May 1929:

Electorate 34,748

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Alexander Robert Lindsay, Lord Balniel 13,612 47.4
Liberal Henry Maden 7,805 27.2
Labour Joseph Henderson 7,303 25.4
Majority 5,087 20.2
Turnout 82.7
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 27 October 1931:

Electorate 35,234

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Alexander Robert Lindsay, Lord Balniel 17,423 59.6
Liberal Henry Maden 11,821 40.4
Majority 5,602 19.2
Turnout 29,244 83.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 14 November 1935

Electorate 36,169

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Alexander Robert Lindsay, Lord Balniel 16,338
Labour R S Armstrong 6,946
Liberal Henry Maden 5,391
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold 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; Conservative: Lord Balniel, Labour: Liberal:

Lonsdale by-election, 1940

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Jocelyn Ian Fraser unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1945

Electorate 41,409

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Jocelyn Ian Fraser 18,571
Labour SW Grundy 13,436
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

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