South West Lancashire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was represented by two Members of Parliament. The constituency was created by the Reform act of 1867 by the splitting of the South Lancashire constituency into new South-East and South-West divisions.
The constituency was abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, being divided into eight single member divisions of Bootle, Ince, Leigh, Newton, Ormskirk, St Helens, Southport and Widnes.
This constituency comprised the Lancashire hundred of West Derby except for the boroughs of Liverpool, Warrington and Wigan.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created (1868)
1868 general election
1874 general election
At the General Election 1874, only two candidates were: nominated in South West Lancashire. They were therefore returned unopposed:
A by-election was held on 19 March 1874, in which Richard Assheton Cross sought re-election after being appointed as Home Secretary. He was returned unopposed.
A by-election was held on 6 June 1875, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Turner. The only candidate was John Ireland Blackburne of the Conservative Party, and he was therefore returned unopposed.
1880 general election
A by-election was held on 1 July 1885, in which Sir Richard Assheton Cross sought re-election after being appointed as Home Secretary. He was returned unopposed.