North Lanarkshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Lanarkshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members One
18681885
Number of members One
Type of constituency County constituency

North (or Northern) Lanarkshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster) from 1868 to 1885 and from 1918 to 1983. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

1868 to 1885[edit]

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 provided that the North Lanarkshire constituency was to consist of the parishes of Avondale, Barony, Blantyre, Bothwell, Cadder, Cambuslang, Carmunnock, City Parish of Glasgow, Dalziel, East Kilbride, Glassford, Hamilton, New Monkland, Old Monkland, Rutherglen and so much of the parishes of Govan and of Cathcart as is situated in Lanarkshire.

1918 to 1983[edit]

From 1918 the Northern Lanarkshire constituency consisted of "The parts of the Lower Ward and Middle Ward County Districts which are contained within the parishes of Glasgow, Cadder, New Monkland, Shotts, and Cambusnethan, exclusive of any burghs or portions of burghs situated therein."

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1868-1885[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1868 Sir Thomas Edward Colebrooke
1885 constituency abolished

MPs 1918-1983[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1918 Robert McLaren Unionist
1922 Joseph Sullivan Labour
1924 Sir Alexander Sprot Unionist
1929 by-election Jennie Lee Labour
1931 William Anstruther-Gray Unionist
1945 Margaret Herbison Labour
1970 John Smith Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see Monklands East

Election results[edit]

Elections 1868-1885[edit]

Elections 1918-1983[edit]

General Election 1918: North Lanarkshire [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Conservative Robert McLaren 7,175
Labour Joseph Sullivan 5,673
Liberal Capt. Erskine Hill 3,068
Independent J.R. Auld 710

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: North Lanarkshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Sullivan 10,349
Coalition Conservative Robert McLaren 7,957
Liberal John Charles Carroll 3,569
Majority 2,392
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923: North Lanarkshire [4]

Electorate 31,942

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Sullivan 10,526
Unionist Alexander McClure 7,165
Liberal E R McNab 3,168
Majority 3,361
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924: North Lanarkshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Alexander Sprot Bt 13,880
Labour Joseph Sullivan 11,852
Majority 2,028
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
By-election, Mar 1929: North Lanarkshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jennie Lee 15,711
Conservative Lord Scone 9,133
Liberal Miss E.B. Mitchell 2,488
Majority 6,578
Turnout
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1929: North Lanarkshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jennie Lee 19,884
Conservative Lord Scone 15,680
Majority 4,204
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: North Lanarkshire[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Anstruther-Gray 24,384 55.32
Labour Jennie Lee 19,691 44.68
Majority 4,693 10.65
Turnout 82.24
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: North Lanarkshire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Anstruther-Gray 22,301 48.13
Ind. Labour Party Mrs A. Bevan 17,267 37.27
Labour G. McAlister 6,763 14.60
Majority 5,034 10.87
Turnout 78.12
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Herbison 30,251 59.62
Conservative William Anstruther-Gray 20,489 40.38
Majority 9,762 19.24
Turnout 73.47
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Herbison 22,162 58.33
Conservative TD Ross 14,812 38.98
Liberal Robert Frank Brian Nelson 1,023 2.69
Majority 7,350 19.34
Turnout 84.70
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Herbison 22,304 58.23
Conservative WS How 16,000 41.77
Majority 6,304 16.46
Turnout 85.39
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Herbison 20,307 57.87
Conservative AF Hendry 14,784 42.13
Majority 5,523 15.74
Turnout 81.51
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Herbison 21,152 58.70
Conservative GKH Younger 14,883 41.30
Majority 6,269 17.40
Turnout 82.83
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Herbison 23,385 60.62
Conservative LA Corrie 15,192 39.38
Majority 8,193 21.24
Turnout 82.02
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Herbison 23,160 60.92
Conservative RBJD Black 14,857 39.08
Majority 8,303 21.84
Turnout 78.76
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Smith 21,982 51.81
Conservative RBJD Black 16,963 39.98
SNP J Hutchison 3,486 8.22
Majority 5,019 11.83
Turnout 77.73
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Smith 21,448 48.42
Conservative AMS Pickering 14,664 33.10
SNP P Watt 8,187 18.48
Majority 6,784 15.31
Turnout 82.74
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Smith 19,902 46.25
SNP P Watt 11,561 26.87
Conservative J Crichton 9,665 22.46
Liberal AP Brodie 1,899 4.41
Majority 8,341 19.39
Turnout 79.46
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: North Lanarkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Smith 25,015 55.47
Conservative GJ Robertson 14,195 31.48
SNP J Ralston 5,887 13.05
Majority 10,820 23.99
Turnout 79.73
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  3. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  4. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  5. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  6. ^ The Times, 23 March 1929
  7. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  8. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  9. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939