Whitehaven (UK Parliament constituency)

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Whitehaven
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County 1832–1974: Cumberland
1974–1983: Cumbria
Major settlements Whitehaven
18321983
Number of members One
Replaced by Copeland
Created from Cumberland

Whitehaven was a constituency centred on the town of Whitehaven in Cumberland, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It was created in 1832 and renamed Copeland at the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1832 Matthias Attwood Conservative
1847 Robert Charles Hildyard Conservative
1857 by-election George Lyall Conservative
1865 George Cavendish-Bentinck Conservative
1891 by-election Sir James Bain Conservative
1892 Thomas Shepherd Little Liberal
1895 Augustus Helder Conservative
1906 William John Dalzell Burnyeat Liberal
Jan. 1910 John Arthur Jackson Conservative
Dec. 1910 Thomas Richardson Labour
1918 James Augustus Grant Coalition Conservative
1922 Thomas Gavan Duffy Labour
1924 Robert Hudson Conservative
1929 Morgan Philips Price Labour
1931 William Nunn Conservative
1935 Frank Anderson Labour
1959 by-election Joseph Bede Symonds Labour
1970 Jack Cunningham Labour
1983 constituency renamed (with unchanged boundaries), see Copeland

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 22,626 52.44
Conservative J. Somers 17,171 39.80
Liberal E. Akister 2,559 5.93
Independent W. Dixon 790 1.83
Majority 5,455 12.64
Turnout 81.74
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 21,832 55.56
Conservative P.B. Vose 11,899 30.28
Liberal M. Gilbert 5,563 14.16
Majority 9,933 25.28
Turnout 77.10
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 23,229 59.42
Conservative P.B. Vose 15,867 40.58
Majority 7,362 18.83
Turnout 77.50
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Cunningham 22,974 58.32
Conservative W.G. McKay 16,418 41.68
Majority 6,556 16.64
Turnout 78.27
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Bede Symonds 22,726 61.99
Conservative J.A. Kevill 13,935 38.01
Majority 8,791 23.98
Turnout 78.79
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Bede Symonds 23,267 60.11
Conservative E.C.G. Brudenell 15,440 39.89
Majority 7,827 20.22
Turnout 82.02
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Bede Symonds 22,783 57.77
Conservative H.J. Pedraza 16,653 42.23
Majority 6,130 15.54
Turnout 84.54
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Anderson 22,348 58.04
Conservative G.W. Iredell 16,154 41.96
Majority 6,194 16.09
Turnout 83.78
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Anderson 23,190 59.19
Conservative G.W. Iredell 15,990 40.81
Majority 7,200 18.38
Turnout 85.24
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Anderson 22,850 60.00
Conservative W. Nunn 15,233 40.00
Majority 7,617 20.00
Turnout 87.04
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Anderson 18,568 61.10
Conservative W.O. Hill 11,821 38.90
Majority 6,747 22.20
Turnout 82.96
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frank Anderson 14,794 48.92
Conservative William Nunn 14,442 47.76
Ind. Labour Party Tom Stephenson 1,004 3.32
Majority 352 1.16
Turnout 86.98
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931: Whitehaven
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Nunn 16,286 53.33
Labour Morgan Philips Price 14,255 46.67
Majority 2,031 6.65
Turnout 89.62
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Whitehaven[1]

Electorate 2,945

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William John Dalzell Burnyeat 1,507 55.8
Conservative J. Robertson-Walker 1,194 44.2
Majority 313 11.6
Turnout 2,701 68.2
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)