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West Gloucestershire was a parliamentary constituency in Gloucestershire, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
It was created by the
Great Reform Act for the 1832 general election as a 2-seat constituency (i.e. electing two Members of Parliament). It was abolished for the 1885 general election.
A new single-member West Gloucestershire constituency, covering a smaller area, was created for the
1950 general election. It was abolished for the 1997 general election.
History [ edit ]
1950 to 1997 [ edit ]
The 1950 to 1997 single-member constituency was held by the
Labour Party from its creation in 1950 until 1979 and then held by the Conservative Party until its abolition.
Boundaries [ edit ]
1832 to 1885 [ edit ]
The constituency was the western division of the historic county of
Gloucestershire, in South West England.
The place of election was the small town of
Dursley. This was where the hustings were situated and electors voted (by spoken declaration in public, before the secret ballot was introduced in 1872).
The qualification to vote in county elections, in the period, was to be a
40 shilling freeholder.
The parliamentary borough constituencies of
Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud, and Tewkesbury were all located in East Gloucestershire. Qualified freeholders from those boroughs could vote in the eastern county division. Bristol was a "county of itself", so its freeholders qualified to vote in the borough, not in a county division.
There were no electors qualified to vote in the western division, because they were freehold owners of land in a parliamentary borough.
1950 to 1997 [ edit ]
The constituency in this period was a smaller part of the county of Gloucestershire than its nineteenth century namesake. It was centred around the
Forest of Dean, and indeed the majority of the constituency at abolition formed the new Forest of Dean constituency. About a fifth of the constituency moved to Tewkesbury, with 735 constituents moving to Gloucester. [1 ]
Members of Parliament [ edit ]
MPs 1832–1885 [ edit ]
MPs 1950–1997 [ edit ]
Elections [ edit ]
Elections in the 1990s [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
Notes and references [ edit ]
Sources [ edit ]
British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1977)
The Parliaments of England by Henry Stooks Smith (1st edition published in three volumes 1844-50), second edition edited (in one volume) by F.W.S. Craig (Political Reference Publications 1973))
Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885, edited by M. Stenton (The Harvester Press 1976)