Melton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Melton
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Leicestershire
Major settlements Melton Mowbray
18851983
Number of members One
Replaced by Rutland & Melton
Created from North Leicestershire

Melton was a county constituency centred on the town of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. 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, when the former two-seat Northern Division of Leicestershire was replaced by two new single-seat county divisions: Melton and Loughborough. It was abolished for the 1983 general election, when it was succeeded by the Rutland and Melton constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

As its name suggested, the main settlement in the constituency was Melton Mowbray.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Lord John Manners Conservative
1888 by-election Marquess of Granby Conservative
1895 Lord Edward Manners Conservative
1900 Lord Cecil Manners Conservative
1906 Henry de Rosenbach Walker Liberal
Dec. 1910 Sir Charles Yate, 1st Baronet Conservative
1924 Sir William Lindsay Everard Unionist
1945 Sir Anthony Nutting, 3rd Baronet Conservative
1956 by-election Mervyn Pike Conservative
Feb. 1974 Michael Latham Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Melton[1]

Electorate 15,815

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry de Rosenbach Walker 7,800 56.4 +8.2
Conservative Arthur Grey Hazlerigg 6,033 43.6 -8.2
Majority 1,767 12.8 16.4
Turnout 87.5 +7.5
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +8.2

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Melton[2]

Electorate 30,277

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Melton[3]

Electorate 31,143

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Charles Edward Yate 13,341 53.6 n/a
Liberal Arthur Richardson 11,550 46.4 n/a
Majority 1,791 7.2 n/a
Turnout 79.9 n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Melton[4]

Electorate 32,655

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Charles Edward Yate 13,239 50.1 -3.5
Liberal Arthur Richardson 13,195 49.9 +3.5
Majority 44 0.2 -7.0
Turnout 80.9 +1.0
Unionist hold Swing -3.5
General Election 1924: Melton[5]

Electorate 34,412

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist William Lindsay Everard 17,090 58.9 +8.8
Liberal Arthur Richardson 11,934 41.1 -8.8
Majority 5,156 17.8 +17.6
Turnout 84.3 +3.4
Unionist hold Swing +8.8
General Election 1929: Melton[6]

Electorate 47,396

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist William Lindsay Everard 18,707 47.4 -11.5
Liberal Guy Halford Dixon 14,144 35.9 -5.2
Labour Albert Ernest Stubbs 6,569 16.7 n/a
Majority 4,563 11.5 -6.3
Turnout 83.2 -1.1
Unionist hold Swing -3.2

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Melton[7]

Electorate 50,318

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Lindsay Everard 30,355 78.9 +31.5
Labour Albert Ernest Stubbs 8,100 21.1 +4.4
Majority 22,255 57.9 +46.4
Turnout 38,455 76.4 -6.8
Conservative hold Swing n/a
  • Liberal candidate Guy Halford Dixon withdrew at the start of the campaign
General Election 1935: Melton[8]

Electorate 54,312

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Lindsay Everard 26,325 67.4 -11.5
Labour Albert Ernest Stubbs 12,704 32.5 +11.5
Majority 13,621 34.9 -23.0
Turnout 39,029 71.9 -4.5
Conservative hold Swing -11.5

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 and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Melton[11]

Electorate 67,325

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harold Anthony Nutting 23,772 46.0 -21.4
Labour Archibald Crawford 18,379 35.6 +3.1
Liberal Brian Melton Butcher 9,510 18.4 n/a
Majority 5,393 10.4 -24.5
Turnout 76.7 +4.8
Conservative hold Swing -12.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  9. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  10. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig