Parliamentary representation from Middlesex

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The historic county of Middlesex in south east England was represented in Parliament from the 13th century. This article provides a list of constituencies constituting the Parliamentary representation from Middlesex.

From early times the City of London and the rest of Middlesex had different sheriffs and other administrative arrangements. However apart from this the historic county was not divided, for administrative purposes, until 1889. In that year the urbanised east of the county became part of the new administrative county of London; administered by the London County Council. The less built up north and west of the county formed the administrative county of Middlesex; administered by Middlesex County Council.

In 1965 the Greater London Council was formed. Greater London absorbed the administrative county of London and surrounding territory, including almost all of the administrative county of Middlesex. The south west part of the historic county (then the Staines Urban District and the Sunbury on Thames Urban District but from 1974 the borough of Spelthorne) was transferred to the administrative county of Surrey. A smaller part of the historic county, in the Potters Bar area, was transferred to the administrative county of Hertfordshire. In 1995 the village of Poyle, which had been a small area in the north of Spelthorne, was transferred to Berkshire.

The first part of this article covers the constituencies wholly or predominantly within the area of the historic county of Middlesex, both before and after the administrative changes of 1889 and 1965. The second part refers to constituencies mostly in another historic county, which included some territory from the historic county of Middlesex. The summaries section only refers to the constituencies included in the first section of the constituency list.

List of constituencies[edit]

Article names are followed by (UK Parliament constituency). The constituencies which existed in 1707 were those previously represented in the Parliament of England.

In the distribution of seats in effect from 1974-1983 the official name of the Greater London seats included a London Borough prefix. In most cases this is not used in the article names. There were also instances when a distinctive constituency name had, at different periods, been prefixed by different borough names. In those casses the distinctive constituency name alone is usually used in the article name. See the notes column for further details.

Key to abbreviations:-

  • (Type) BC Borough constituency, CC County constituency, UC University constituency.
  • (Administrative County in Notes) B shire county of Berkshire, GL Greater London (from 1965), H administrative/shire county of Hertfordshire (from 1965), L administrative county of London (1889–1965), M1 historic county of Middlesex (to 1889), M2 administrative county of Middlesex (1889–1965), S administrative/shire county of Surrey (from 1965).

Constituencies wholly or predominantly in the historic county[edit]

Constituency Type From To MPs Notes
Acton CC (1918–1950) 1918 1983 1 M2, GL: Ealing, 1974-1983
BC (1950–1983)
Barons Court BC 1955 1974 1 L, GL
Bethnal Green BC 1950 1974 1 L, GL
Bethnal Green and Bow BC 1974 1983 1 GL: Tower Hamlets, 1974-1983
1997 *
Bethnal Green and Stepney BC 1983 1997 1 GL
Bethnal Green North East BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L
Bethnal Green South West BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L
Bow and Bromley BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L: Tower Hamlets, 1885–1918; Poplar, 1918–1950
Bow and Poplar BC 1983 1997 1 GL
Brent Central BC next * 1 GL
Brent East BC 1974 next 1 GL
Brent North BC 1974 * 1 GL
Brent South BC 1974 next 1 GL
Brentford CC 1885 1918 1 M1, M2
Brentford and Chiswick CC 1918 1974 1 M2, GL
Brentford and Isleworth BC 1974 * 1 GL: Hounslow, 1974-1983
Chelsea BC 1868 1997 2 (1868–1885) M1, L, GL: Kensington and Chelsea, 1974-1983
1 (1885–1997)
Chelsea and Fulham BC next * 1 GL
Ealing CC (1885–1918) 1885 1945 1 M1, M2
BC (1918–1945)
Ealing Acton BC 1983 1997 1 GL
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's
Bush
BC 1997 next 1 GL
Ealing Central and Acton BC next * 1 GL
Ealing East BC 1945 1950 1 M2
Ealing North BC 1950 next 1 M2, GL
Ealing South BC 1950 1974 1 M2, GL
Ealing Southall BC 1983 * 1 GL
Ealing West BC 1945 1950 1 M2
Edmonton BC 1918 * 1 M2, GL: Enfield, 1974-1983
Enfield CC 1885 1950 1 M1, M2
Enfield East BC 1950 1974 1 M2, GL
Enfield North BC 1974 * 1 GL
Enfield Southgate BC 1983 * 1 GL
Enfield West BC 1950 1974 1 M2, GL
Feltham BC 1955 1974 1 M2, GL
Feltham and Heston BC 1974 * 1 GL: Hounslow, 1974-1983
Finchley CC (1918–1950) 1918 1997 1 M2, GL: Barnet, 1974-1983
BC (1950–1997)
Finchley and Golders Green BC 1997 * 1 GL
Finsbury BC 1832 1885 2 M1
1918 1950 1 L
Finsbury Central BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
Finsbury East BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
Fulham BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L, GL: Hammersmith, 1974-1983
1955 1997
Fulham East BC 1918 1955 1 L
Fulham West BC 1918 1955 1 L
Hackney BC 1868 1885 2 M1
Hackney Central BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L, GL
1955 1983
Hackney North BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L
Hackney North and Stoke
Newington
BC 1950 * 1 L, GL: Inc. Stoke Newington & Hackney North 1950-74
Hackney South BC 1885 1955 1 M1, L
Hackney South and Shoreditch BC 1974 * 1 GL
Hammersmith BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L, GL
1983 1997
next *
Hammersmith and Fulham BC 1997 next 1 GL
Hammersmith North BC 1918 1983 1 L, GL
Hammersmith South BC 1918 1955 1 L
Hampstead BC 1885 1983 1 M1, L, GL: Camden, 1974-1983
Hampstead and Highgate BC 1983 next 1 GL
Hampstead and Kilburn BC next * 1 GL
Harrow CC 1885 1945 1 M1, M2
Harrow Central BC 1950 1983 1 M2, GL
Harrow East BC 1945 * 1 M2, GL
Harrow West BC 1945 * 1 M2, GL
Hayes and Harlington BC 1950 * 1 M2, GL: Hillingdon, 1974-83
Hendon CC 1918 1945 1 M2, GL
BC 1997 next
Hendon North BC 1945 1997 1 M2, GL: Barnet, 1974-1983
Hendon South BC 1945 1997 1 M2, GL: Barnet, 1974-1983
Heston and Isleworth BC 1945 1974 1 M2, GL
Holborn BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L: Inc. Finsbury, 1885–1918
Holborn and St Pancras BC 1983 * 1 GL
Holborn and St Pancras South BC 1950 1983 1 L, GL: Camden, 1974-1983
Hornsey CC (1885–1918) 1885 1983 1 M2, GL: Haringey, 1974-1983
BC (1918–1983)
Hornsey and Wood Green BC 1983 * 1 GL
Islington Central BC 1974 1983 1 GL
Islington East BC 1885 1974 1 M1, L, GL
Islington North BC 1885 * 1 M1, L, GL
Islington South BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L
Islington South and Finsbury BC 1974 * 1 GL
Islington South West BC 1950 1974 1 L, GL
Islington West BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L
Kensington BC 1974 1997 1 GL: Kensington and Chelsea, 1974-1983
next *
Kensington and Chelsea BC 1997 next 1 GL
Kensington North BC 1885 1974 1 M1, L, GL
Kensington South BC 1885 1974 1 M1, L, GL
Limehouse BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L: Tower Hamlets, 1885–1918; Stepney, 1918–1950
Cities of London and Westminster BC 1950 1974 1 L, GL: See City of London and Westminster South
1997 *
City of London BC 1298 1950 4 (1295-1654) M1, L 1, GL
6 (1654–1658)
4 (1658–1885)
2 (1885–1950)
City of London and Westminster
South
BC 1974 1997 1 GL: See Cities of London and Westminster
London University UC 1868 1950 1 M1, L
Marylebone BC 1832 1885 2 M1
Marylebone East BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
Marylebone West BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
Middlesex CC 1290 1885 2 (1290-1654) M1
4 (1654–1658)
2 (1658–1885)
Mile End BC 1885 1950 1 M1, L: Tower Hamlets, 1885–1918; Stepney, 1918–1950
Paddington BC 1974 1983 1 GL
Paddington North BC 1885 1974 1 M1, L, GL
Paddington South BC 1885 1974 1 M1, L, GL
Poplar BC 1885 1974 1 M1, L, GL: Tower Hamlets, 1885–1918
Poplar and Canning Town BC 1997 next 1 GL: Inc. part of historic county of Essex
Poplar and Limehouse BC next * 1 GL
South Poplar BC 1918 1950 1 L 2
Regent's Park and Kensington North BC 1997 next 1 GL
Ruislip-Northwood BC 1950 next 1 M2, GL: Hillingdon, 1974-83
Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner BC next * 1 GL
St George BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L: Tower Hamlets, 1885–1918
St George Hanover Square BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L: See Westminster St George's 1918-1950
St Marylebone BC 1918 1983 1 L, GL: City of Wesrminster, 1974-1983
St Pancras East BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
St Pancras North BC 1885 1983 1 M1, L, GL: Camden, 1974-1983
St Pancras South BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
St Pancras South East BC 1918 1950 1 L
St Pancras South West BC 1918 1950 1 L
St Pancras West BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
Shoreditch BC 1918 1950 1 L
Shoreditch and Finsbury BC 1950 1974 1 L, GL
Shoreditch Haggerston BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
Shoreditch Hoxton BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
Southall BC 1945 1983 1 M2, GL: Ealing, 1974-1983
Southgate BC 1950 1983 1 M2, GL: Enfield, 1974-1983
Spelthorne CC (1918–1974) 1918 * 1 M2, S
BC (1974-*)
Stepney BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L, GL: Tower Hamlets, 1885–1918
1950 1974
Stepney and Poplar BC 1974 1983 1 GL: Tower Hamlets, 1974-1983
Stoke Newington BC 1918 1950 1 L
Strand BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L
Tottenham CC 1885 1918 1 M1, M2, GL: Haringey, 1974-1983
BC 1950 *
Tottenham North BC 1918 1950 1 M2
Tottenham South BC 1918 1950 1 M2
Tower Hamlets BC 1832 1885 2 M1
Twickenham CC (1918–1945) 1918 * 1 M2, GL: Richmond upon Thames, 1974-1983
BC (1945-*)
Uxbridge CC (1885–1974) 1885 next 1 M2, GL: Hillingdon, 1974-1983
BC (1974-next)
Uxbridge and South Ruislip BC next * 1 GL
Wembley North BC 1945 1974 1 M2, GL
Wembley South BC 1945 1974 1 M2, GL
Westminster BC 1545 1918 2 (1545-1885) M1, L
1 (1885–1918)
Westminster Abbey BC 1918 1950 1 L
Westminster North BC 1983 1997 1 GL
next *
Westminster St George's BC 1918 1950 1 L: See St George Hanover Square 1885-1918
Whitechapel BC 1885 1918 1 M1, L: Tower Hamlets, 1885–1918
Whitechapel and St George's BC 1918 1950 1 L: Stepney, 1918–1950
Willesden East BC 1918 1974 1 M2, GL
Willesden West BC 1918 1974 1 M2, GL
Wood Green CC (1918–1950) 1918 1983 1 M2, GL: Haringey, 1974-1983
BC (1950–1983)

Notes:-

  • 1 Not technically part of the administrative county of London, but it was surrounded by it and was not part of any other administrative county.
  • 2 This constituency is strictly the South Poplar division of Poplar. As 'Poplar South Poplar' would include the borough name twice, the official name of the constituency is referred to as 'South Poplar'. The existing article calls the seat 'Poplar South' (which is in the usual form for a borough constituency, but does not match the unusual official name of the seat). A redirect exists from the official name to the article name.

Constituencies mostly in another historic county[edit]

Constituency Type From To MPs Notes
Chipping Barnet BC 1997 1 * 1 GL: Inc. Whetstone, Friern Barnet and parts of Cockfosters and Southgate from Mx
Hertsmere CC 1983 * 1 H: Includes Potters Bar from Mx
South Hertfordshire CC 1974 1983 1 H: Includes Potters Bar from Mx
Windsor CC 1997 * 1 B: Includes Poyle from Mx

Note:-

  • 1 The constituency is in Greater London and mostly forms part of the historic county of Hertfordshire. The seat was created in 1974, but it was not until the 1997 redistribution that it included part of the historic county of Middlesex.

Summaries[edit]

Summary of Constituencies by Type and Period[edit]

Type 1290 1298 1545 1832 1868 1885 1918 1945 1950 1955 1974 1983 1997 next
Borough - 1 2 5 7 40 42 52 49 49 43 37 34 32
County 1 1 1 1 1 7 10 7 2 2 - - - -
University - - - - 1 1 1 1 - - - - - -
Total 1 2 3 6 9 48 53 60 51 51 43 37 34 32

Summary of Members of Parliament by Type and Period[edit]

Type 1290 1298 1545 1654 1658 1832 1868 1885 1918 1945 1950 1955 1974 1983 1997 next
Borough - 4 6 8 6 12 16 41 43 53 49 49 43 37 34 32
County 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 7 10 7 2 2 - - - -
University - - - - - - 1 1 1 1 - - - - - -
Total 2 6 8 12 8 14 19 49 54 61 51 51 43 37 34 32

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Constituencies: A Statistical Compendium, by Ivor Crewe and Anthony Fox (Faber and Faber 1984)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press 1977)
  • The House of Commons 1509-1558, by S.T. Bindoff (Secker & Warburg 1982)
  • The House of Commons 1558-1603, by P.W. Hasler (HMSO 1981)
  • The House of Commons 1660-1690, by Basil Duke Henning (Secker & Warburg 1983)
  • The House of Commons 1715-1754, by Romney Sedgwick (HMSO 1970)
  • The House of Commons 1754-1790, by Sir Lewis Namier and John Brooke (HMSO 1964)
  • The House of Commons 1790-1820, by R.G. Thorne (Secker & Warburg 1986)
  • The Parliaments of England by Henry Stooks Smith (1st edition published in three volumes 1844-50), second edition edited (in one volume) by F.W.S. Craig (Political Reference Publications 1973) out of copyright