Morpeth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Morpeth
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1553–1983
Number of members 1553–1832: two
1832–1983: one
Replaced by Wansbeck

Morpeth was a borough constituency centred on the town of Morpeth in Northumberland represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of England until 1707, the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800, and then the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Morpeth elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) until the 1832 general election, when the Great Reform Act reduced its representation to one MP, elected under the first past the post system. The constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

1553-1640[edit]

Parliament First member Second member
1553 (Oct) John Watson William Ward[1]
1554 (Apr) Thomas Bates William Ward [1]
1554 (Nov) Sir Henry Percy William Ward [1]
1555  ?Cuthbert Horsley ?Thomas Bates [1]
1558 Robert Wheatley Thomas Bates [1]
1558/9 William Ward Nicholas Purslow[2]
1562 (Dec) William Ward Arthur Welshe [2]
1571 Francis Gawdy Nicholas Mynn [2]
1572 (Apr) Sir George Bowes died
and replaced Dec 1580 by
Richard Drake
Richard Wroth[2]
1584 William Carey George Gifford [2]
1586 Robert Carey, 1st Earl of Monmouth Anthony Felton [2]
1588/9 Robert Carey, 1st Earl of Monmouth Henry Noel [2]
1593 Robert Carey, 1st Earl of Monmouth,
sat for Callington, replaced by Edmund Bowyer
Francis Tyndale [2]
1597 (Sep) Robert Printis Thomas Carleton [2]
1601 (Oct) George Savile John Browne [2]
1604–1611 Sir Christopher Perkins John Hare
1614 Sir Christopher Perkins William Button
1621–1622 Robert Brandling John Robson
Robson declared ineligible, being a priest
replaced by Ralph Fetherstonhaugh
1624 Sir Thomas Reynell Sir William Carnaby
1625 Sir Thomas Reynell Sir Anthony Herbert
1626 Sir Thomas Reynell John Bankes
1628 Sir Thomas Reynell John Bankes
1629–1640 No Parliaments convened

1640-1832[edit]

Year First member First party Second member Second party
November 1640 Sir William Carnaby Royalist John Fenwick Royalist
August 1642 Carnaby disabled from sitting - seat vacant
January 1643 Fenwick disabled from sitting - seat vacant
1645 Hon. John Fiennes George Fenwick
December 1648 Fiennes excluded in Pride's Purge - seat vacant
1653 Morpeth was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament and the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
January 1659 Robert Delaval Robert Mitford
May 1659 Morpeth was unrepresented in the restored Rump
April 1660 Thomas Widdrington jnr (died May 1660) Ralph Knight
June 1660 Sir George Downing
1661 Henry Widdrington
1666 Edward Howard
1679 Daniel Collingwood
1685 Sir Henry Pickering Theophilus Oglethorpe
1689 Charles Howard Roger Fenwick
1692 George Nicholas
1695 Sir Henry Belasyse
1698 Philip Howard Whig
January 1701 William Howard
May 1701 Sir Richard Sandford
December 1701 Emanuel Scrope Howe Whig Sir John Delaval
1705 Sir Richard Sandford Edmund Maine
1708 Sir John Bennett
1710 Christopher Wandesford
1713 Sir John Germain Oley Douglas
1715 Viscount Morpeth The Viscount Castlecomer [3]
1717 Hon. George Carpenter
1727 Thomas Robinson
1734 Sir Henry Liddell
1738 Henry Furnese
1741 Robert Ord
1747 Viscount Limerick
1754 Thomas Duncombe Tory
1755 Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh
1761 Viscount Garlies Whig
1768 Peter Beckford Sir Matthew White Ridley
1774 Francis Eyre [4] Peter Delmé
1775 Hon. William Byron
1776 Gilbert Elliot
1777 John William Egerton Tory
1780 Anthony Morris Storer
1784 Major Sir James Erskine [5] Whig
1790 Francis Gregg
1795 Viscount Morpeth
1796 William Huskisson Tory
1802 William Ord Whig
1806 Hon. William Howard
1826 Viscount Morpeth
1830 Hon. William Howard
1832 representation reduced to one member

1832-1983[edit]

Year Member Party
1832 Frederick George Howard Liberal
1834 Edward George Granville Howard Liberal
1837 Granville George Leveson-Gower Liberal
1840 Edward George Granville Howard Liberal
1853 Sir George Grey Liberal
1874 Thomas Burt Lib-Lab
1918 John Cairns Labour
1923 Robert Smillie Labour
1929 Ebenezer Edwards Labour
1931 Godfrey Nicholson Conservative
1935 Robert John Taylor Labour
1954 Will Owen Labour Co-operative
1970 George Grant Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ Castlecomer was also elected for Ripon but there was a petition against his election there; he sat for Morpeth until the petition was withdraw, then chose to represent Ripon, a by-election was held for Morpeth
  4. ^ On petition, Eyre was declared not to have been duly elected, and his opponent Byron was seated in his place
  5. ^ Adopted the surname St Clair-Erskine, July 1789. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1792, Colonel 1795.

Election Results, 1918-1979[edit]

General Election 1979: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Grant 21,744 56.29
Conservative S. Edwards 9,913 25.66
Liberal A. Thompson 6,972 18.05
Majority 11,831 30.63
Turnout 77.44
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Grant 22,696 63.80
Conservative D. Curry 8,009 22.52
Liberal B. Rodgers 4,866 13.68
Majority 14,687 41.29
Turnout 73.32
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Grant 22,026 56.40
Conservative D. Currey 8,992 23.03
Liberal H. Devereux 8,035 20.57
Majority 13,034 33.38
Turnout 81.18
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Grant 21,826 60.35
Conservative K.I. Tunnicliffe 9,515 26.31
Liberal R. McClure 4,825 13.34
Majority 12,311 34.04
Turnout 75.98
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Will Owen 25,223 74.36
Conservative N. Porter 8,698 25.64
Majority 16,525 48.72
Turnout 76.93
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1964: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Will Owen 26,114 72.70
Conservative D. Bloom 9,805 27.30
Majority 16,309 45.40
Turnout 80.81
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1959: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Will Owen 27,435 71.91
Conservative D. Bloom 10,716 28.09
Majority 16,719 43.82
Turnout 84.11
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1955: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Will Owen 25,452 70.56
Conservative Sir William Elliott 10,619 29.44
Majority 14,833 41.12
Turnout 80.40
Labour Co-op hold Swing
Morpeth by-election, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Will Owen 23,491
Conservative Sir William Elliott 9,469
Majority 14,022
Turnout
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1951: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert John Taylor 27,718 71.88
Conservative P.M. Colvin-Smith 10,843 28.12
Majority 16,875 43.76
Turnout 85.47
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert John Taylor 27,548 71.51
Conservative T. Turnbull 10,973 28.49
Majority 16,575 43.03
Turnout 86.55
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1945: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert John Taylor 38,521 73.23
Conservative G.J.M. Longden 14,079 26.77
Majority 24,442 46.47
Turnout 79.50
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert John Taylor 28,900 59.17
Conservative Godfrey Nicholson 19,944 40.83
Majority 8,956 18.34
Turnout 78.68
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931: Morpeth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Godfrey Nicholson 20,806 51.35
Labour Ebenezer Edwards 18,714 48.65
Majority 1,092 2.69
Turnout 70.28
Conservative gain from Labour Swing


Morpeth by-election, 1923
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Smillie 20,053 60.5 +12.2
Liberal Frank Crane Thornborough 13,087 39.5 +7.3
Majority 6,966 21.0 −4.9
Turnout 33,140 76.9 48
Labour hold Swing

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