Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members One
Replaced by Stoke-on-Trent Central, Stoke-on-Trent North and Stoke-on-Trent South
Created from Stoke-upon-Trent

Stoke was a borough constituency in Stoke-on-Trent which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, a new name and form of a seat which had existed from the Reform Act 1832. Elections were held using the first past the post voting system.


The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election.


Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 John Ward Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1923 Liberal
1923 Constitutionalist, then Liberal
1929 Lady Mosley Labour
1931 New Party
1931 Ida Copeland Conservative
1935 Ellis Smith Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918


Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  1. Lt-Col. John Ward
Liberal hold Swing

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

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922

Electorate 40,023

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal John Ward 16,685 61.3
Labour John Watts 10,522 38.7
Majority 6,163 22.6
Turnout 68.0
National Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 40,566

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Ward 13,119
Labour John Watts 12,502
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 41,635

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Constitutionalist John Ward 17,864
Labour John Watts 13,318
Constitutionalist hold Swing
General Election 1929

Electorate 55,691

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lady Cynthia Blanche Mosley 26,548
Liberal John Ward 18,698
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931

Electorate 57,612

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ida Copeland 19,918 45.56
Labour Ellis Smith 13,264 30.34
New Party Lady Cynthia Blanche Mosley 10,534 24.10
Majority 6,654 15.22
Turnout 75.88
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935

Electorate 56,958

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ellis Smith 20,992 52.67
Conservative Ida Copeland 18,867 47.33
Majority 2,125 5.33
Turnout 69.98
Labour gain from Conservative 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; Labour: Ellis Smith.

General Election 1945

Electorate 56,496

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ellis Smith 29,551 69.12
Conservative WFW Shields 13,203 30.88
Majority 16,348 38.24
Turnout 75.68
Labour hold Swing