Skipton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Skipton
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County West Riding of Yorkshire
Major settlements Skipton
18851983
Number of members One
Replaced by Skipton & Ripon
Created from Northern West Riding of Yorkshire

Skipton was a county constituency centred on the town of Skipton in Yorkshire which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished nearly a hundred years later, for the 1983 general election. It was then partly replaced by the new Skipton and Ripon constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Sir Mathew Wilson Liberal
1886 Walter Morrison Liberal Unionist
1892 Charles Savile Roundell Liberal
1895 Walter Morrison Liberal Unionist
1900 Frederick Whitley Thomson Liberal
1906 William Clough Liberal
1918 Richard Foulis Roundell Conservative
1924 Ernest Roy Bird Conservative
1933 by-election George William Rickards Conservative
1944 by-election Hugh McDowall Lawson Common Wealth
1945 Burnaby Drayson Conservative
1979 John Watson Conservative
1983 constituency abolished: see Skipton & Ripon

Elections results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Watson 23,177 51.2
Liberal Mrs. Claire Brooks 17,484 38.6
Labour Brian Michael Selby 4,632 10.2
Majority 5,693 12.6
Turnout 45,293 84.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 17,882 41.3
Liberal Mrs. Claire Brooks 17,232 39.9
Labour C.G. Burks 8,109 18.8
Majority 590 1.4
Turnout 43,223 82.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 19,301 43.3
Liberal Mrs. Claire Brooks 17,185 38.6
Labour T.V. Wheeler 8,079 18.1
Majority 2,116 4.8
Turnout 44,565 85.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 20,817 51.3
Labour Kenneth Targett 12,011 29.6
Liberal Mrs. Jean Y.L. Burns 7,733 19.1
Majority 8,806 21.7
Turnout 40,561 78.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 17,532 45.1
Labour Gordon A. Knott 13,276 34.1
Liberal Wilfrid E.H. Pickard 8,104 20.8
Majority 4,256 10.9
Turnout 38,912 82.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 18,561 46.2
Labour Roderick MacSween 11,715 29.2
Liberal Wilfrid E.H. Pickard 9,886 24.6
Majority 8,846 17.1
Turnout 40,162 84.0
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 20,278 48.3
Labour Frank Oswald Hooley 11,178 26.6
Liberal Miss Claire Graham 10,543 25.1 N/A
Majority 9,100 21.7
Turnout 41,999 85.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 25,101 61.2
Labour Vincent P. Richardson 15,919 38.8
Majority 9,182 22.4
Turnout 41,020 82.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 26,024 59.0
Labour Edgar Hewitt 18,064 41.0
Majority 7,960 18.1
Turnout 44,088 86.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Skipton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 22,254 49.2
Labour Thomas J. Roberts 16,290 36.0
Liberal E.A. Greenwood 6,689 14.8
Majority 5,964 13.2
Turnout 45,233 88.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Skipton

Electorate 53,877

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Burnaby Drayson 17,905 41.5
Labour John Percival Davies 15,704 36.4
Liberal E. Townsend 9,546 22.1
Majority 2,201 5.1
Turnout 43,155 80.1
Conservative gain from Common Wealth Swing
Skipton by-election, 1944

Electorate 51,041

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Common Wealth Lt. Hugh McDowall Lawson 12,222 44.8
Conservative Harry Riddiough 12,001 44.0
Independent Labour Joseph Toole 3,029 11.1
Majority 221 0.8
Turnout 27,252 54.9
Common Wealth gain from Conservative 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 from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected; Conservative: George William Rickards, Labour: John Percival Davies.

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Skipton

Electorate 51,041

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George William Rickards 22,847 56.2
Labour John Percival Davies 17,788 43.8
Majority 5,059 12.4
Turnout 40,635 79.6
Conservative hold Swing
Skipton by-election, 1933

Electorate 51,039

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George William Rickards 18,136 43.0 -25.2
Labour John Percival Davies 14,157 33.5 +1.7
Liberal R C Denby 9,219 21.8 +21.8
Communist James Rushton 704 1.7 +1.7
Majority 3,979 9.4
Turnout 42,216 82.7 +2.4
Conservative hold Swing -13.5
1931 General Election

Electorate 51,169[1]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ernest Roy Bird 28,013 68.2
Labour John Percival Davies 13,053 31.8
Majority 14,960
Turnout 80.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election December 1910 Skipton[2]

Electorate 13,864

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Clough 6,151
Conservative Richard Foulis Roundell 6,100
Majority 51
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election January 1910 Skipton[3]

Electorate 13,864

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Clough 6,579
Conservative Richard Foulis Roundell 6,071
Majority 508
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906 Skipton[4]

Electorate 12,707

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Clough 5,834 51.0
Conservative Richard Foulis Roundell 5,601 49.0
Majority 233 2.0
Turnout 90.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1900 Skipton[5]

Electorate 11,

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frederick Whitley Thomson 5,139 50.7
Liberal Unionist Walter Morrison 5,007 49.3
Majority 132 1.4
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1949
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)