Tonbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Tonbridge
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1918–February 1974
Number of members one

Tonbridge was a parliamentary constituency in Kent, centred on the town of Tonbridge. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, replacing the previous Tunbridge constituency. It was abolished for the February 1974 general election, when it was replaced by the new Tonbridge and Malling constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Herbert Spender-Clay Conservative
1937 by-election Sir Adrian Baillie, Bt Conservative
1945 Gerald Williams Conservative
1956 by-election Richard Hornby Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
United Kingdom general election, 1970
Turnout: 59,954 (72.0%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 13,993 (23.3%)
Richard Hornby Conservative 31,890 53.2
M Colquhoun Labour 17,897 29.9
H Hill Liberal 10,167 17.0
United Kingdom general election, 1966
Turnout: 57,550 (77.3%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 6,828 (11.9%)
Richard Hornby Conservative 26,896 46.7
W Wolff Labour 20,068 34.9
C Bloy Liberal 10,586 18.4
United Kingdom general election, 1964
Turnout: 56,521 (78.7%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 8,765 (15.5%)
Richard Hornby Conservative 27,802 49.2
D Savage Labour 19,037 33.7
E Babbs Liberal 9,682 17.1
United Kingdom general election, 1959
Turnout: 52,868 (78.5%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 10,506 (19.9%)
Richard Hornby Conservative 31,687 59.9
K W May Labour 21,181 40.1
United Kingdom by-election, 1956
Turnout: 39,428
Conservative hold
Majority: 1,602
Richard Hornby Conservative 20,515 52.0
R L Fagg Labour 18,913 48.0
United Kingdom general election, 1955
Turnout: 48,846 (75.5%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 10,196
Gerald Wellington Williams Conservative 29,521 60.4
R L Fagg Labour 19,325 39.6
United Kingdom general election, 1951
Turnout: 52,486 (80.6%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 10,268
Gerald Wellington Williams Conservative 31,377 59.8
A B Bagnari Labour 21,109 40.2
United Kingdom general election, 1950
Turnout: 53,791 (83.5%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 8,368
Gerald Wellington Williams Conservative 27,893 51.9
B R Clapham Labour 19,525 36.3
Leslie Albert Willard Liberal 5,634 10.5
Dr E F St. John Lyburn Independent Conservative 739 1.4

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Tonbridge[1]

Electorate 56,106

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Herbert Henry Spender-Clay 23,460 61.3
Labour F M Landau 9,405 24.6
Liberal Ladislaus Herbert Richard Pope-Hennessy 5,403 14.1
Majority 14,055 36.7
Turnout 68.2
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F. W. S.