Torquay (UK Parliament constituency)

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Torquay
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1885–February 1974
Number of members one

Torquay was a county constituency in Devon, South West England, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It was created for the 1885 general election and abolished for the February 1974 general election. The area it represented became part of the Torbay constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

1950-1974: The borough of Torquay; the urban districts of Brixham and Paignton; and the parishes of Churston Ferrers and Kingswear in the rural district of Totnes.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Lewis McIver Liberal
1886 Richard Mallock Conservative
1895 Arthur Stephens Philpotts Conservative
1900 Sir Francis Layland-Barratt Liberal
1910 (Dec) Charles Burn Liberal Unionist
1912 Conservative Party
1918 Coalition Conservative
1922 Conservative
1923 Piers Gilchrist Thompson Liberal
1924 Charles Williams Conservative
1955 by-election Sir Frederic Mackarness Bennett Conservative
1974 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election December 1910[1]

Electorate 11,241

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Charles Rosdew Burn 5,101 50.6 +0.7
Liberal Sir Francis Layland-Barratt 4,971 49.4 -0.7
Turnout 10,072 89.6 -1.1
Majority 30 1.2 1.4
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +0.7
General Election 1918

Electorate 32,584

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 14,068 66.2
Labour Maj. Alfred Edward Yates Trestrail 4,029 18.9
Liberal Capt. Russell Cooke 3,173 14.9
Majority 10,039 47.3
Turnout 65.3
Unionist hold Swing
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922

Electorate 35,817

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles Rosdew Burn 14,676 52.2
Liberal Piers Gilchrist Thompson 13,425 47.8
Majority 1,251 4.4
Turnout 78.5
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 37,770

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Piers Gilchrist Thompson 15,294 50.6
Unionist Charles Williams 14,922 49.4
Majority 372 1.2
Turnout 80.0
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 38,915

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles Williams 18,119 55.2
Liberal Piers Gilchrist Thompson 11,958 36.4
Labour Arthur Moyle 2,752 8.4
Majority 6,161 18.8
Turnout 84.4
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929

Electorate 53,340

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles Williams 21,690 49.7
Liberal Richard Thomas Dyke Acland 16,337 37.5
Labour Hubert Moses Medland 5,576 12.8
Majority 5,353 12.2
Turnout 81.7
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Torquay

Electorate 59,099

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Williams 34,690 82.5
Labour Hubert Moses Medland 7,351 17.5
Majority 27,339 65.03
Turnout 74.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Torquay

Electorate 59,835

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Williams 27,008 63.6
Liberal Harry Samways 9,073 21.4
Labour F Scardifield 6,387 15.0
Majority 17,935 42.2
Turnout 71.0
Conservative hold Swing

Election 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;

General Election 1945: Torquay

Electorate 72,973

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Williams 25,479 48.9
Labour George Cornes 13,590 26.1
Liberal Lt. Samuel Gorley Putt 13,003 25.0
Majority 11,889 22.8
Turnout 71.4
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Torquay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Williams 29,153 53.56
Labour Robert Briscoe 14,287 26.25
Liberal Henry Stuart Townend 10,987 20.19
Majority 14,866 27.31
Turnout 82.83
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Torquay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Williams 31,441 59.16
Labour Robert Briscoe 14,801 27.85
Liberal Deryck RE Abel 6,904 12.99
Majority 16,640 31.31
Turnout 79.97
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Torquay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Charles Williams 29,777 60.36
Labour Robert Briscoe 12,547 25.43
Liberal Peter Joseph Bessell 7,012 14.21
Majority 17,230 34.92
Turnout 75.49
Conservative hold Swing
Torquay by-election, 1955[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederic Mackarness Bennett 20,964 51.0 -8.6
Labour William Hamling 10,383 25.3 -0.1
Liberal Peter Joseph Bessell 9,775 23.8 +9.6
Majority 10,581 25.7 -9.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Torquay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frederic Mackarness Bennett 29,527 56.79
Labour WV Cooper 11,784 22.66
Liberal Thomas Oslaf Kellock 10,685 20.55
Majority 17,743 34.12
Turnout 76.91
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Torquay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Frederic Mackarness Bennett 28,801 52.38
Liberal Hugo Laurence Joseph Brunner 13,652 24.83
Labour Mrs. Thelma W Thompson 12,530 22.79
Majority 15,149 27.55
Turnout 75.04
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Torquay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Frederic Mackarness Bennett 28,693 49.44
Labour Raymond S Dash 16,594 28.59
Liberal Hugo Laurence Joseph Brunner 12,750 21.97
Majority 12,099 20.85
Turnout 77.40
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Torquay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Frederic Mackarness Bennett 33,996 55.63
Labour Paul ST Bryers 15,948 26.10
Liberal Keith P Jenkins 11,163 18.27
Majority 18,048 29.54
Turnout 73.72
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885–1918
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Elections Results 1950-1973 by FWS 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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