Paisley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Paisley
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlements Paisley
18321983
Number of members One
Replaced by Paisley North
Paisley South

Paisley was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 until 1983, when it was divided into Paisley North and Paisley South. These were in turn amalgamated into Paisley and Renfrewshire South and Paisley and Renfrewshire North in 2005.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covered the burgh of Paisley.

The boundaries of the constituency, as set out in the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, were-

"From the Summit of Byres Hill, on the North-east of the Town, in a straight Line to the Point near Knock Hill at which the Renfrew Road is joined by a Road from Glasgow; thence in a straight Line to the Summit of Knock Hill; thence in a straight Line to the Northern Gable of the Moss Toll House on the Greenock Road; thence in a straight Line in the Direction of the Chimney of Linwood Cotton Mill to the Point at which such straight Line cuts the Candren Burn; thence up the Candren Burn to the Point at which the same is joined by the Braidiland Burn at the Bridge over the same on the Johnstone Road; thence up the Braidiland Burn to a Point which is distant Five hundred Yards (measured along the Braidiland Burn) above the said Bridge; thence in a straight Line to Meikleridge Bridge over the Candren Burn; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the old Neilston Road leaves the new Neilston Road; thence in a straight Line to the Summit of Dykebar Hill; thence in a straight Line to a Point which is One hundred Yards due North-east of the Summit of Bathgo Hill; thence in a straight Line to the Point first described."[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1832 Sir John Maxwell
1834 by-election Sir Daniel Keyte Sandford
1835 Alexander Graham Speirs
1836 by-election Archibald Hastie
1857 by-election Humphrey Ewing Crum-Ewing Liberal
1874 William Holms Liberal
1884 by-election Stewart Clark Liberal
1885 William Boyle Barbour Liberal
1891 by-election Sir William Dunn Liberal
1906 Sir John Mills McCallum Liberal
1920 H. H. Asquith Liberal
1924 Edward Rosslyn Mitchell Labour
1929 James Welsh Labour
1931 Joseph Maclay Liberal
1945 Viscount Corvedale Labour
1948 Douglas Johnston Labour
1961 John Robertson Labour
1976 Scottish Labour Party
1979 Allen Adams Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1868: Paisley[2]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Humphrey Ewing Crum-Ewing 1,576
Col. Campbell 921
Archibald Kintrea 421
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Paisley by-election, 1884

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Stewart Clark 3,049 62.8
Conservative Lord Ernest Hamilton 1,806 37.2
Majority 1,243
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1885: Paisley[3]

Electorate 6,794

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Boyle Barbour 3,390 57.3 -5.5
Conservative Robert Mure McKerrell 2,523 42.7 +5.5
Majority 867
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1886: Paisley[4]

Electorate 6,794

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Boyle Barbour 3,057 55.1 -2.2
Liberal Unionist James Parker Smith 2,491 44.9 +2.2
Majority 566
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Paisley by-election, 1891[5]

Electorate 8,107

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Dunn 4,145 59.6 +4.5
Conservative Robert Mure McKerrell 2,807 40.4 -4.5
Majority 1,338
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1892: Paisley[6]

Electorate 8,223

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Dunn 4,262 63.6 +4
Liberal Unionist Christopher N Johnston 2,441 36.4 -4
Majority 1,821
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Paisley[7]

Electorate 10,844

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir William Dunn 4,404 59.0 -4.6
Conservative Alexander Moffat 3,063 41.0 +4.6
Majority 1,342
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Sir William Dunn
General Election 1900: Paisley[8]

Electorate 10,758

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir William Dunn 4,532 56.6 -2.4
Conservative George Sitwell Campbell Swinton 3,474 43.4 +2.4
Majority 1,058
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Robert Smillie
General Election 1906: Paisley[9]

Electorate 12,179

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Mills McCallum 5,664 52.7 -3.9
Liberal Unionist James Anderson Dunlop MacKean 2,594 24.2 -19.2
Scottish Workers Robert Smillie 2,482 23.1 N/A
Majority 3,070
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Paisley[10]

Electorate 12,331

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Mills McCallum 6,812 63.7 +11
Conservative Duncan Frederick Campbell 3,890 36.3 +12.1
Majority 2,922
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Paisley[11]

Electorate 12,331

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Mills McCallum 6,039 64.3 +0.6
Liberal Unionist Alfred Roger Jephcott 3,350 35.7 -0.6
Majority 2,689
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

General Election 1914/15: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1918: Paisley[12]

Electorate 38,507

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir John Mills McCallum 7,542 34.0 -30.3
Labour John McLaren Biggar 7,436 33.5 N/A
National Democratic John Taylor 7,201 32.5 N/A
Majority 106
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
  • No candidate was officially endorsed by the Coalition Government
Paisley by-election, 1920[13]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Herbert Henry Asquith 14,736 48.4 +14.4
Labour John McLaren Biggar 11,902 39.1 +5.6
Unionist James Anderson Dunlop MacKean 3,795 12.5 N/A
Majority 2,834
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1922:Paisley [14]

Electorate 38,093

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Herbert Henry Asquith 15,005 50.5 +2.1
Labour John McLaren Biggar 14,689 49.5 +10.4
Majority 316
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1923: Paisley[15]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Herbert Henry Asquith 9,723 33.4 -17.1
Labour John McLaren Biggar 7,977 27.4 -22.1
Unionist Archibald Douglas MacInnes Shaw 7,758 26.6 N/A
Independent Labour D D Cormack 3,685 12.6 N/A
Majority 1,746
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Rosslyn Mitchell
General Election 1924: Paisley[16]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Rosslyn Mitchell 17,057 53.5 +26.1
Liberal Rt Hon. Herbert Henry Asquith 14,829 46.5 +13.1
Majority 2,228
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929: Paisley[17]

Electorate 51,385

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James C. Welsh 22,425 55.8 +2.3
Liberal James McCulloch 10,640 26.5 -20
Unionist Miss Minna Galbraith Cowan 7,094 17.7 N/A
Majority 11,785
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Paisley [18]

Electorate 50,285

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Joseph Paton Maclay 26,187 61.8 +35.3
Labour James C. Welsh 16,183 38.2 -17.6
Majority 10,004 23.6
Turnout 79.4
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Paisley [19]

Electorate 55,473

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Joseph Paton Maclay 22,466 50.4 -11.4
Labour Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin 22,077 49.6 +11.4
Majority 389 0.9
Turnout 44,543 79.7
Liberal hold Swing

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;

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Paisley[21]

Electorate 61,125

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin, Viscount Corvedale 25,156 55.6 +6
Unionist Lt. Thomas Galloway Dunlop Galbraith 14,826 32.7 N/A
Liberal Lady Louise Glen-Coats 4,532 10.0 -40.4
Independent Capt. Allan Richard Eagles 765 1.7 N/A
Majority 10,330 22.8
Turnout 74.1
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Election in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Paisley[22]

Electorate 63,097

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Douglas Harold Johnston 28,519 57.3 +0.9
Unionist Geoffrey R. Rickman 21,250 42.7 -0.9
Majority 7,269 14.6
Turnout 49,769 78.9
Labour hold Swing +0.9

Election in the 1960s[edit]

Paisley by-election, 1961[23]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Robertson 19,200 45.3 -12.0
Liberal John MacDonald Bannerman 17,542 41.4 n/a
Unionist Geoffrey R. Rickman 5,597 13.1 -29.6
Majority 1,658 3.9 -10.7
Turnout 42,339 68.1
Labour hold Swing -18.8
General Election 1964: Paisley[24]

Electorate 62,336

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Robertson 26,318 52.9 +7.6
Liberal John MacDonald Bannerman 16,837 33.9 -7.5
Unionist Maurice Crichton 6,583 13.2 +0.1
Majority 9,481 19.0 +15.1
Turnout 49,738
Labour hold Swing +7.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, Schedule (M).
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  12. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  14. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  15. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  16. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  17. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  18. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  19. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  20. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  21. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  22. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  23. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  24. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973