Nelson and Colne (UK Parliament constituency)

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Nelson and Colne
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members one

Nelson and Colne was a constituency in Lancashire which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election.

It was largely succeeded by the Pendle constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

  • Constituency created (1918)
Year Member Party
1918 Albert Smith Labour
1920 by-election Robinson Graham Labour
1922 Arthur Greenwood Labour
1931 Linton Theodore Thorp Conservative
1935 Samuel Sydney Silverman Labour
1968 by-election David Waddington Conservative
October 1974 Doug Hoyle Labour
1979 John Lee Conservative
  • Constituency abolished (1983)

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Nelson and Colne[1]

Electorate 52,646

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 25,358 54.6
Conservative Alan Green 21,116 45.4
Majority 4,242
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Nelson and Colne[2]

Electorate 52,614

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 25,611 54.7
Conservative Alan Green 21,211 45.3
Majority 4,400
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Nelson and Colne[3]

Electorate 50,355

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 22,135 52.7
Conservative Mary Elaine Kellett 19,844 47.3
Majority 2,291 5.5
Turnout 41,979
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Nelson and Colne[4]

Electorate 48,472

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 20,407 49.3 −3.4
Conservative John Crabtree 19,143 46.2 −1.1
Lancastrian Party Thomas Clifford Emmott 1,889 4.6 N/A
Majority 1,287 3.1
Turnout 41,439 85.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 20,205 53.5 +4.2
Conservative David Charles Waddington 17,561 46.5 +0.3
Majority 2,644 7.0
Turnout 37,766 80.8 −4.7
Labour hold Swing +2.0
General Election 1966: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 18,406 49.3 −4.2
Conservative Peter Davies 13,829 37.0 −9.5
Independent Patrick Downey 5,117 13.7 N/A
Majority 4,577 12.3
Turnout 37,352 81.0 +0.2
Labour hold Swing +2.3
Nelson and Colne by-election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Charles Waddington 16,466 48.9 +11.9
Labour Betty Boothroyd 12,944 38.4 −10.9
Liberal David Chadwick 3,016 13.7 N/A
English Nationalist Brian Tattersall 1,255 3.7 N/A
Majority 3,522 10.5
Turnout 33,681
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +11.4

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Charles Waddington 19,881 51.5 +14.5
Labour Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle 18,741 48.5 −0.8
Majority 1,410 3.0
Turnout 38,622 78.3 −2.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.7
General Election February 1974: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Charles Waddington 15,692 38.9 −12.6
Labour Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle 15,515 38.4 −6.1
Liberal Anthony Robert Greaves 9,166 22.7 N/A
Majority 177 0.4
Turnout 40,373 84.2 +
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle 17,506 44.7 +6.3
Conservative David Charles Waddington 16,836 43.0 +4.6
Liberal Anthony Robert Greaves 4,850 12.4 −10.3
Majority 669 1.7
Turnout 39,192 81.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1979: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Robert Louis Lee 17,522 45.0 +2.0
Labour Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle 17,086 43.9 −0.8
Liberal David Hewitt 4,322 11.1 −1.3
Majority 436 1.1
Turnout 38,930 81.6 +0.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +1.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  4. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973