Rossendale (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°42′29″N 2°14′24″W / 53.708°N 2.240°W / 53.708; -2.240

Rossendale
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Lancashire
Major settlements Rawtenstall
18851983
Number of members One
Replaced by Rossendale and Darwen
Bury North

Rossendale was a parliamentary constituency in the Lancashire, England. Created in 1885, it elected one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post voting system. When created it comprised the districts of Rawtenstall, Bacup, and Haslingden; Ramsbottom district was added to the constituency in 1950.

The constituency ceased to exist with the implementation of the 1983 boundary changes and was replaced by the Rossendale and Darwen constituency. The exact nature of the changes were as follows: 9,882 electors of the Rossendale seat were transferred to Bury North. 25,918 electors were added from the abolished Darwen constituency and 5,267 from Heywood and Royton.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Marquess of Hartington Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 by-election John Henry Maden Liberal
1900 by-election Sir William Mather Liberal
1904 by-election Lewis Harcourt Liberal
1917 by-election Sir John Henry Maden Liberal
1918 Robert Waddington Coalition Conservative
1922 David Halstead Conservative
1923 Robert Waddington Conservative
1929 Arthur Law Labour
1931 Ronald Cross Conservative
1945 George Henry Walker Labour
1950 Anthony Greenwood Labour
1970 Ronald Bray Conservative
Oct 1974 Michael Noble Labour
1979 David Trippier Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Rossendale and Darwen

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Marquess of Hartington
General Election 1885: Rossendale [1]

Electorate 11,450

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Marquess of Hartington 6,060 n/a
Conservative W F Eckroyd 4,228 n/a
Majority 1,832 n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Rossendale [2]

Electorate 11,450

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Rt Hon. Marquess of Hartington 5,399
Liberal T Newbigging 3,949
Majority 1,450
Turnout
Liberal Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Rossendale by-election, 1892 [3]

Electorate 11,679

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Henry Maden 6,066
Liberal Unionist Sir Thomas Brooks 4,841
Majority 1,225
Turnout
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing
General Election 1892: Rossendale [4]

Electorate 11,679

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Henry Maden 6,058
Conservative A G Sparrow 4,334
Majority 1,724
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Rossendale [5]

Electorate 11,618

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Henry Maden Unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Rossendale by-election, 1900 [6]

Electorate 12,148

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Mather 5,936
Conservative Dr George Kingsbury 4,564
Majority 1,372
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1900: Rossendale [7]

Electorate 12,148

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Mather Unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
Lewis Harcourt
Rossendale by-election, 1904

Electorate 12,557

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lewis Vernon Harcourt Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General Election 1906: Rossendale [8]

Electorate 12,765

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Lewis Vernon Harcourt 6,881
Conservative John Robert Kebty-Fletcher 4,662
Majority 2,219
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Rossendale [9]

Electorate 12,765

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Lewis Vernon Harcourt 7,185
Conservative John Robert Kebty-Fletcher 4,695
Independent Unionist A K Bulley 639
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Rossendale [10]

Electorate 12,765

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Lewis Vernon Harcourt 6,619
Conservative Joshua Craven Hoyle 5,206
Majority
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;

Rossendale by-election, 1917 [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir John Henry Maden 6,019
Independent Albert Taylor 1.804
Majority 4,215
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1918: Rossendale[12]

Electorate 35,717

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 8,907 39.2
Labour Gilbert Wright Jones 7,984 35.1
Liberal Sir John Henry Maden 5,837 25.7
Majority 923 4.1
Turnout 63.6
Unionist hold Swing
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Rossendale[13]

Electorate 35,553

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist David Halstead 12,881 42.6
Labour Gilbert Wright Jones 11,029 36.5
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 6,327 20.9
Majority 1,852 6.1
Turnout 85.0
Unionist hold Swing
Norman Angell
General Election 1923: Rossendale[14]

Electorate 36,016

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Robert Waddington 11,362 37.6
Liberal Ernest James Young 9,592 31.8
Labour Ralph Norman Angell 9,230 30.6
Majority 1,770 5.8
Turnout 83.8
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924: Rossendale[15]

Electorate 36,394

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Robert Waddington 12,836 41.7
Labour James Bell 9,951 32.4
Liberal Ernest James Young 7,958 25.9
Majority 2,885 9.3
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929: Rossendale[16]

Electorate 46,280

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Law 14,624 36.0
Liberal Edwin Bayliss 13,747 33.9
Unionist Sir Wilfrid Hart Sugden 12,225 30.1
Majority 877 2.1
Turnout 87.7
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Rossendale[17]

Electorate 47,163

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ronald Hibbert Cross 16,206 40.1
Liberal W Furness Dean 13,089 32.4
Labour Arthur Law 11,135 27.5
Majority 3,117 7.7
Turnout 40,430 87.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Rossendale[18]

Electorate 46,200

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ronald Hibbert Cross 15,650 39.4
Labour E Walkden 14,769 37.1
Liberal Arthur Holgate 9,343 23.5
Majority 881 2.2
Turnout 39,762 86.1
Conservative 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;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Rossendale[20]

Electorate 43,402

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Henry Walker 15,741 43.6
Conservative Rt Hon. Sir Ronald Hibbert Cross 10,153 28.1
Liberal Arthur Ward Jones 8,542 23.7
Communist William Whittaker 1,663 4.6
Majority 5,588 15.5
Turnout 83.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ The Times, 25 January 1892 p7
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ The Times, 14 February 1900 p8
  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. ^ The Times, 14 February 1917 p8
  12. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  14. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  15. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  16. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  17. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  18. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  19. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  20. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig