Richmond (Surrey) (UK Parliament constituency)
Not to be confused with the Richmond constituency in Yorkshire.
|Former Borough constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
1965-1983 Greater London
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Richmond and Barnes|
Richmond was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Richmond, which is in the north-western part of the historic county of Surrey and (since 1965) in Greater London. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.
In 1918 the seat was created as a borough constituency of Surrey. It was in the north-west corner of the historic county and adjoined the south bank of the River Thames. It comprised the Municipal Borough of Richmond, as well as the Urban Districts of Barnes and Ham.
In 1932 the Barnes Urban District was upgraded to a Municipal Borough. In the following year most of Ham was incorporated in the Municipal Borough of Richmond. These administrative changes did not lead to any immediate change in the constituency boundaries.
In the redistribution of parliamentary seats, which took effect in 1950, this constituency was not significantly changed. It was defined in the Representation of the People Act 1948 as comprising the Municipal Boroughs of Barnes and Richmond. There were some minor boundary changes to the two Municipal Boroughs, which affected the parliamentary seat from 1964 (see S.I. 1960/465).
When the next redistribution of parliamentary seats took effect in 1974, the constituency was again broadly unchanged. It was defined as comprising the following wards of the London Borough – Barnes, East Sheen, Ham, Petersham, Kew, Mortlake, Palewell, Richmond Hill and Richmond Town.
Members of Parliament
|1918||Clifford Blackburn Edgar||Coalition Conservative|
|1922||Harry Thomas Alfred Becker||Independent Conservative|
|1924||Sir Newton James Moore||Conservative|
|1932 by-election||Sir William Ray||Conservative|
|1937 by-election||Sir George Harvie-Watt||Conservative|
|1959||Sir Anthony Royle||Conservative|
|1983||constituency abolished: see Richmond & Barnes|
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|Richmond (Surrey) by-election, 1932
|Conservative||Sir William Ray||unopposed|
- Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press 1977)
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