Manchester North West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Manchester North West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of members one

Manchester North West was one of six single-member Parliamentary constituencies created in 1885 by the division of the three-member Parliamentary Borough of Manchester under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. Its first MP, William Houldsworth, had previously sat for Manchester. It was abolished in 1918.

In 1910, Bonar Law challenged Winston Churchill to run against him here, and promised "he would welcome him and they would have a lively time". Bonar Law suggested that the loser should stay out of the next parliament (The Times). Churchill declined. In the event Bonar Law lost to the sitting MP, Sir George Kemp.

Kemp resigned the seat in July 1912, ostensibly to concentrate on his business interests, but he was known to disagree with the Home Rule Bill (The Times).

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1885 William Houldsworth Conservative
1906 Winston Churchill Liberal
1908 by-election William Joynson-Hicks Conservative
1910 Sir George Kemp Liberal
1912 by-election Sir John Randles Conservative
1918 Constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

26 November 1885: Manchester North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Henry Houldsworth 5834 53
Liberal John Slagg 5111 47
Majority 723 7
2 July 1886: Manchester North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Henry Houldsworth 5480 55 +2
Liberal H. Lee 4453 45
Majority 1027 10 +3
13 July 1897: Manchester North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir William Henry Houldsworth 4997 59 +4
Liberal T. F. Byrne 3526 41
Majority 1471 17 +7
13 January 1906: Manchester North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill 5659 56
Conservative William Joynson-Hicks 4398 44
Majority 1241 12
24 April 1908: Manchester North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Joynson-Hicks 5417 51 +13
Liberal Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill 4988 47 -15
Social Democratic Federation Dan Irving 276 3
Majority 429 4
15 January 1910: Manchester North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir George Kemp 5930 54
Conservative William Joynson-Hicks 5147 46 -5
Majority 783 7
3 December 1910: Manchester North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir George Kemp 5559 52 -2
Conservative Bonar Law 5114 48
Majority 445 4
8 August 1912: Manchester North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir John Scurrah Randles 5573 56
Liberal Gordon Hewart 4371 44
Majority 1202 12

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

Election Results:

Dan Irving:

Bonar Law versus Churchill:

  • "The Manchester Contest", The Times, 29 November 1910. Retrieved online 21 March 2006.

Resgnation of Kemp:

  • "Another by-election", The Times, 26 July 1912. Retrieved online 22 March 2006.