Walsall (UK Parliament constituency)

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Walsall
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18321955
Number of members one

Walsall was a borough constituency centred on the town of Walsall in the West Midlands of England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

History[edit]

In 1955 it was abolished and replaced by Walsall North and Walsall South constituencies.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1832 Charles Smith Forster Conservative
1837 Francis Finch Liberal
February 1841 John Neilson Gladstone Conservative
June 1841 Robert Scott Liberal
1847 Edward Richard Littleton Liberal
1852 Sir Charles Forster Liberal
1891 by-election Edward Thomas Holden Liberal
1892 Frank James Conservative
1893 by-election Sir Arthur Divett Hayter Liberal
1895 Sydney Gedge Conservative
1900 Sir Arthur Divett Hayter Liberal
1906 Edward Marten Dunne Liberal
January 1910 Sir Richard Ashmole Cooper Conservative
1922 Patrick Collins Liberal
1924 William Preston Conservative
1925 by-election
1929 John James McShane Labour
1931 Joseph Leckie Liberal (Later Liberal National)
1938 by-election Sir George Ernest Schuster Liberal National
1945 William Thomas Wells Labour
1955 constituency abolished: see Walsall North and Walsall South

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

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 and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1918

Electorate 42,900

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Party Sir Richard Ashmole Cooper 14,491 52.3
Labour Joseph Thickett 8,336 30.0 n/a
Liberal William Henry Brown 4,914 17.7
Majority 6,155 22.3
Turnout 64.7
National Party gain from Unionist Swing
  • Cooper founded the National Party and had the support of the local Unionist Association. However, his candidature was not supported by Unionist party HQ.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Pat Collins
General Election 1922

Electorate 45,009

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Patrick Collins 14,674
Unionist Lady Cooper 14,349 37.8
Labour Robert Dennison 8,946 23.6
Majority 325 0.8
Turnout
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 6 December 1923

Electorate 45,339

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Patrick Collins 16,304 43.5 -4.9
Unionist Sydney Kersland Lewis 14,141 37.8 -0.0
Labour Arthur Carr Osburn 7,007 28.5 +4.9
Majority 2,163 5.7
Turnout 82.6
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 46,407

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles William Preston 15,168 37.9
Liberal Patrick Collins 12,734 31.8
Labour G Lothian R Small 11,474 28.7
Independent Dr J J Lynch 622 1.6
Majority
Turnout
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
Walsall by-election, 1925

Electorate 46,407

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles William Preston 14,793 38.2
Liberal Rt Hon. Dr. Thomas James Macnamara 12,300 31.8
Labour G Lothian R Small 11,610 30.0
Majority 2,493 6.4
Turnout 83.4
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929

Electorate 60,233

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John James McShane 20,524 39.6
Unionist Charles William Preston 15,818 30.6
Liberal Rt Hon. Dr. Thomas James Macnamara 15,425 29.8
Majority 4,706 9.0
Turnout 85.9
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931

Electorate 63,110

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ald. Joseph Alexander Leckie 30,507 56.0
Labour John James McShane 23,952 44.0
Majority 6,555 12.0
Turnout 86.3
Liberal hold Swing
  • The Conservative candidate, William J Talbot, withdrew.
General Election 1935

Electorate 65,957

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Joseph Alexander Leckie 28,563 57.5 +1.5
Labour William Graham 19,594 39.5 -4.5
Christian Socialist J A Harper 1,480 3.0 n/a
Majority
Turnout 75.3 -11.0
Liberal National hold Swing +3.0
Walsall by-election, 1938

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Sir George Ernest Schuster 28,720 57.1
Labour George Jeger 21,562 42.9
Majority 7,158 14.2
Turnout 75.9
Liberal National hold Swing -0.4

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 and by the end of the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1945

Electorate 68,924

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maj. William Thomas Wells 28,324 53.9
Liberal National Lt-Col. Sir George Ernest Schuster 24,197 46.1
Majority 4,127 7.8
Turnout 76.2
Labour gain from Liberal National Swing

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