Shoreditch and Finsbury (UK Parliament constituency)

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Shoreditch and Finsbury
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
19501974 (1974)
Number of members One
Replaced by Islington South & Finsbury
Hackney South & Shoreditch
Created from Shoreditch
Finsbury

Shoreditch and Finsbury was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Shoreditch district of the East End of London and the adjacent Finsbury area. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, using the first-past-the-post system of voting.

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, partially replacing the previous Shoreditch and Finsbury constituencies, which had seen a significant fall in population.

Shoreditch and Finsbury was itself abolished for the February 1974 general election, when its territory was divided between two new constituencies: Islington South & Finsbury and Hackney South & Shoreditch.

Boundaries[edit]

Shoreditch and Finsbury in the Parliamentary County of London, showing boundaries used from 1950 to 1974.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 Ernest Thurtle Labour
1954 by-election Victor Collins Labour
1958 by-election Michael Cliffe Labour
1964 Ronald Brown Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Shoreditch and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernest Thurtle 22,150 53.2
Conservative G Rippon 7,879 18.6
Independent Labour John Platts-Mills 7,602 18.0
Liberal G Hensher 4,297 10.4
Majority 14,631 34.6
Turnout 73.4
General Election 1951: Shoreditch and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ernest Thurtle 30,162 72.6
Conservative G Rippon 11,399 27.4
Majority 18,763 45.1
Turnout 73.2
Shoreditch and Finsbury by-election, 1954: Shoreditch and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Victor Collins 18,082
Conservative M B Agnew 5,043
General Election 1955: Shoreditch and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Victor Collins 25,500 73.4
Conservative M B Agnew 9,216 26.5
Majority 16,284 21.7
Turnout 77.4
Shoreditch and Finsbury by-election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Cliffe 10,215
Conservative THN Whipham 3,219
General Election 1959: Shoreditch and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Cliffe 22,744 67.0
Conservative THM Whipman 11,178 33.0
Majority 11,566 34.1
Turnout 34.1

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Shoreditch and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald William Brown 18,207 68.4
Conservative RJL Bramble 8,412 31.6
Majority 9,795 36.8


General Election 1966: Shoreditch and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald William Brown 17,456 71.1 +2.7
Conservative Roger Edward Sims 5,957 24.3 −7.3
Union Movement Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley 1,126 4.6 N/A
Majority 11,499 46.9 +10.1
Turnout 24,519 53.5 −2.2
Labour hold Swing +5.0

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Shoreditch and Finsbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronald William Brown 14,474 66.9
Conservative Roger Edward Sims 7,166 33.1
Majority 7,308 33.8
Turnout 48.7

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