Alexander Boulton

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Alexander Claude Forster Boulton (1862 – 12 March 1949)[1] was a British Liberal Party politician whose career in the House of Commons lasted barely four years.

He was elected at the 1906 general election as Member of Parliament for the Ramsey division of Huntingdonshire, a constituency which had been held by Conservatives since its creation in 1885.[2]

General Election 1906: Ramsey[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alexander Claude Forster Boulton 3,184 53.2 +15.6
Conservative Ailwyn Fellowes 2,803 46.8 −15.6
Majority 381 6.4
Turnout 5,987 88.7 +19.3
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +15.6

He was defeated at the January 1910 general election;

General Election 1910 (January): Ramsey[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Locker-Lampson 3,350 53.5 +6.7
Liberal Alexander Claude Forster Boulton 2,915 46.5 −6.7
Majority 435 7.0
Turnout 6,265 89.1 +0.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +6.7

He was unsuccessful when he stood again in December 1910.[2]

General Election 1910 (December): Ramsey[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Oliver Locker-Lampson 3,072 51.0 −3.5
Liberal Alexander Claude Forster Boulton 2,954 49.0 +3.5
Majority 118 2.0
Turnout 6,026 85.7 −3.4
Conservative hold Swing −3.5

Boulton did not stand again until the 1923 general election, when he fought the Conservative-held New Forest and Christchurch division of Hampshire. The seat had not been contested in either 1918 or 1922, and in a straight contest with the sitting Conservative MP, Boulton won 46% of the votes.[4] Boulton stood again at the 1924 general election, when a Labour candidate also contested the seat. The Conservative vote increased, and Boulton's second-placed vote was less than half the Tory total. He did not stand for Parliament again.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 300. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  3. ^ a b c F. W. S. Craig (1989), British Parliamentary Election Results, 1885-1918. Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services.
  4. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 366. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ailwyn Fellowes
Member of Parliament for Ramsey
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Oliver Locker-Lampson