Barnet (UK Parliament constituency)
Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||one|
|Replaced by||Chipping Barnet and South Hertfordshire|
|Created from||St Albans|
1945-1950: The Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet, and the Rural District of Elstree.
1950-1955: The Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet, and the Rural Districts of Elstree and Hatfield.
1955-1974: As 1945.
The constituency was created in 1945 when the number of parliamentary constituencies in Hertfordshire was increased from five to six. Previously the area had been part of the St Albans seat. This was one of the English constituencies divided as an emergency measure, before the general review of parliamentary constituencies due later in the decade, because its electorate exceeded 100,000 voters.
In 1965 the Barnet and East Barnet urban districts were transferred to Greater London, becoming part of the London Borough of Barnet, while Elstree Rural District remained part of Hertfordshire. This did not affect parliamentary boundaries for nine years, however.
When seats were next redistributed, with effect from the February 1974 general election, the Greater London parts of the old constituency moved to the new seat of Chipping Barnet. The Elstree Rural District was transferred to South Hertfordshire.
Members of Parliament
|Feb 1974||constituency abolished|
Election in the 1940s
Elections in the 1950s
|Liberal||William Herbert Jones||6,441||10.42||-1.0|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+9.4|
|Labour Co-op||Cyril Rawlett Fenton||22,375||35.88|
|Liberal||William Herbert Jones||4,463||7.22|
|Labour||Reginald M Prideaux||19,737||37.33|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||David H. P. Levy||17,024||32.28|
|Liberal||Hugh Russell Tinker||10,172||19.29|
|Liberal||Hugh Russell Tinker||8,539||16.2|
Election in the 1970s
|Labour||Joan E. M. Baker||18,166||35.38|
|Liberal||John D. O. Henchley||6,329||12.33|
References and sources
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970 (S.I. 1970 No. 1674)
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951.
- Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
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