South Molton (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Molton
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851950
Number of members one

South Molton was a parliamentary constituency centred on the small town of South Molton in Devon, in the South West of England. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was largely replaced by Torrington.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Newton Wallop, Viscount Lymington Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1891 by-election George Lambert (1st) Liberal
1924 Cedric Drewe Unionist
1929 George Lambert (1st) Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1945 George Lambert (2nd) National Liberal
1950 constituency abolished: see Torrington

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election January 1906: South Molton[1]

Electorate 8,542

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal George Lambert unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

George Lambert
General Election January 1910: South Molton[2]

Electorate 8,700

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal George Lambert 4,419 56.5
Liberal Unionist John Thomas Woolrych Perowne 3,398 43.5
Majority 1,021 13.0
Turnout 89.9
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: South Molton[3]

Electorate 8,700

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal George Lambert 4,224 56.8 +0.3
Liberal Unionist John Thomas Woolrych Perowne 3,217 43.2 -0.3
Majority 13.6 +0.6
Turnout 85.5 -4.4
Liberal hold Swing +0.3

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 from 1914 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1918

Electorate 28,139

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. George Lambert 10,424 56.3
Unionist
  1. Herbert Weston Sheppard Sparkes
8,093 43.7
Majority 2,331 12.6
Turnout 65.8
Liberal hold Swing

A # denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922

Electorate 30,259

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. George Lambert unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. George Lambert unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924

Electorate 29,257

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Cedric Drewe 12,811 51.3 n/a
Liberal Rt Hon. George Lambert 12,157 48.7 n/a
Majority 654 2.6 n/a
Turnout 85.3 n/a
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929

Electorate 35,884

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. George Lambert 15,072 48.1
Unionist Cedric Drewe 13,567 43.2
Labour R. P. Messel 2,731 8.7
Majority 1,505 4.9
Turnout 87.4
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931

Electorate 36,033

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Rt Hon. George Lambert 25,700
Labour R P Messel 3,499
Majority
Turnout
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 1935

Electorate 36,176

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Rt Hon. George Lambert 20,767
Labour H F Chilcott 5,610
Majority
Turnout
Liberal National hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

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; Liberal National: Rt Hon. George Lambert

General Election 1945

Electorate 39,221

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National George Lambert 19,065
Labour C Lang 9,140
Majority
Turnout
Liberal National hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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