Widnes (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members one

Widnes was a county constituency in England, based on the town of Widnes, in Lancashire. 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.


The constituency was formed as a division of the Parliamentary county of Lancashire in 1885, including Allerton, Cronton, Ditton, Garston, Hale, Halewood, Huyton with Roby, Little Woolton, Much Woolton, Speke, Tarbock, Whiston and Widnes.

In 1918 it was redefined to cover the municipal borough of Widnes, along with the urban districts of Huyton with Roby and the Whiston Rural District. The two urban districts and part of the rural district became part of a new Huyton constituency in 1950, with Widnes retaining the borough and the remainder of the rural district. It remained unchanged in 1974. In 1983 Widnes constituency was abolished and replaced by Halton constituency.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Tom Cottingham Edwards-Moss Conservative
1892 John Saunders Gilliat Conservative
1900 William Hall Walker Conservative
1919 Arthur Henderson Labour
1922 George Christopher Clayton Conservative
1929 Alexander Gordon Cameron Labour
1931 Roland Robinson Conservative
1935 Richard Antony Pilkington Conservative
1945 Christopher Nyholm Shawcross Labour
1950 James MacColl Labour
1971 by-election Gordon Oakes Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]


  1. ^ Youngs, Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Volume 2