Louth, Lincolnshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Louth
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851983
Number of members one
Replaced by Brigg and Cleethorpes and East Lindsey
Created from North Lincolnshire

Louth was a county constituency in Lincolnshire which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election.

It should not be confused with the former Irish constituency of County Louth (UK Parliament constituency). Between 1885 and 1918, its formal name was The East Lindsey (or Louth) Division of Lincolnshire, and it was sometimes referred to simply as East Lindsey.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Francis Otter Liberal
1886 Arthur Raymond Heath Conservative
1892 Sir Robert William Perks, 1st Baronet Liberal
January 1910 Henry Langton Brackenbury Conservative
December 1910 Timothy Davies Liberal
1918 Henry Langton Brackenbury Coalition Conservative
1920 by-election Thomas Wintringham Liberal
1921 by-election Margaret Wintringham Liberal
1924 Arthur Heneage Conservative
1945 Sir Cyril Osborne Conservative
1969 by-election Jeffrey Archer Conservative
Oct 1974 Michael Brotherton Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Timothy Davies
General Election January 1910:

Electorate 10,315

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Langton Brackenbury 4,433
Liberal Timothy Davies 4,275
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election December 1910:

Electorate 10,124

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Timothy Davies 4,260
Conservative Henry Langton Brackenbury 4,188
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

A General Election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place.

General Election 1914/15:

Electorate 10,073

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Timothy Davies
Conservative Henry Langton Brackenbury
General Election 1918: Louth, Lincolnshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Conservative Henry Langton Brackenbury 9,055 54.5
Liberal Timothy Davies 7,559 45.5
Majority 1,496 9.0
Turnout 16,614 60.3
Coalition Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Louth by-election, 1920
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Wintringham 9,859 57.3 +11.8
Coalition Conservative Christopher Hatton Turnor 7,354 42.7 −11.8
Majority 2,505 14.6
Turnout 17,213 63.1 +2.8
Liberal gain from Coalition Conservative Swing 11.8
Margaret Wintringham
Louth by-election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 8,386 42.2 −15.1
Conservative Sir Alan Hutchings 7,695 38.3 −4.4
Labour James L. George 3,873 19.5 N/A
Majority 791 3.9 −10.7
Turnout 19,954 72.1 +9.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1922:

Electorate 28,468

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 11,609
Conservative Sir Alan Hutchings 10,726
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 6 December 1923:

Electorate 29,019

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 12,104
Conservative Geoffrey Kelsall Peto 11,003
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election, 29 October 1924

Electorate 29,660

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Pelham Heneage 12,674 52.8
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 11,330 47.2
Majority 1,344 5.6
Turnout 24,004
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election, 30 May 1929

Electorate 38,624

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Pelham Heneage 13,999 44.4
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 13,560 42.9
Labour T Holmes 4,027 12.7
Majority 439 1.5
Turnout 81.8
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 27 October 1931:

Electorate 40,307

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Pelham Heneage 18,434 56.1
Liberal John Ramsay Bryce Muir 14,439 43.9
Majority 3,995 12.1
Turnout 32,873 81.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 14 November 1935:

Electorate 44,488

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Pelham Heneage 19,705
Labour J H Franklin 12,261
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

A General Election was due to take place by the spring of 1940. By the autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place.

General Election 1939/40:

Electorate 40,217

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Pelham Heneage
Liberal Alan Pryce-Jones
Labour J H Franklin
General Election 1945

Electorate 49,185

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Pelham Heneage 16,333
Labour JH Franklin 11,628
Liberal WK Carter 7,176
Independent SR Charlesworth 233
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Louth, Lincolnshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cyril Osborne 19,977 46.37
Labour R Brumby 15,885 36.87
Liberal EI Marshall 7,222 16.76
Majority 4,092 9.50
Turnout 43,084 74.35
Conservative hold Swing
Louth by-election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeffrey Archer 16,317 58.0 +11.6
Labour Bruce Briggs 5,590 19.9 −17.0
Liberal John Adams 5,003 17.8 +1.0
United Democratic Party Sir George Fitzgerald 1,225 4.4 N/A
Majority 10,727 38.1 +28.6
Turnout 28,135 +
Conservative hold Swing +14.3

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election June 1970: Louth, Lincolnshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeffrey Archer 25,659 53.08
Labour J Murray 16,403 33.93
Liberal J Adams 6,279 12.99
Majority 9,256 19.15
Turnout 48,341 71.57
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Louth, Lincolnshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeffrey Archer 25,158 45.13
Liberal John CL Sellick 15,440 27.7
Labour AG Dowson 15,148 27.17
Majority 9,718 17.43
Turnout 55,746 79.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Louth, Lincolnshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Brotherton 19,819 38.48
Liberal John CL Sellick 16,939 32.89
Labour R Mitchell 14,747 28.63
Majority 2,880 5.59
Turnout 51,505 73.06
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1979: Louth, Lincolnshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Brotherton 25,701 44.85
Liberal John CL Sellick 19,026 33.2
Labour CJC Betts 12,316 21.49
National Front CDB Stokes 261 0.46
Majority 6,675 11.65
Turnout 57,304 78.22
Conservative hold Swing

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