Bebington (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bebington
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1950–February 1974
Replaced by Bebington and Ellesmere Port
Created from Birkenhead East

Bebington was a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, which existed from 1950 to 1974. The constituency was centred on the town of Bebington on the Wirral Peninsula, England.

Boundaries[edit]

The Municipal Borough of Bebington, and the County Borough of Birkenhead wards of Bebington, Devonshire, Egerton, Mersey, and Prenton.[1]

History[edit]

Created for the 1950 general election, it ceased to exist with the implementation of the 1974 boundary changes and was replaced for the February 1974 general election by the Bebington and Ellesmere Port constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 Sir Hendrie Oakshott Conservative
1964 Geoffrey Howe Conservative
1966 Edwin Brooks Labour
1970 Eric Cockeram Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Bebington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hendrie Dudley Oakshott 25,309 43.8 n/a
Labour Rt Hon. Sir Frank Soskice 22,090 38.3 n/a
Liberal Rt Hon. Henry Graham White 10,324 17.9 n/a
Majority 3,219 5.5 n/a
Turnout 87.2 n/a
Conservative win
General Election 1951: Bebington [3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hendrie Dudley Oakshott 30,611 53.44
Labour Co-op Edward W. Harby 22,190 38.74
Liberal Thomas Mercer Banks 4,477 7.82
Majority 8,421 14.70
Turnout 85.82
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bebington [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hendrie Dudley Oakshott 31,700 58.73
Labour Thomas H. Hockton 22,277 41.27
Majority 9,423 17.46
Turnout 79.16
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Bebington [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Hendrie Dudley Oakshott 33,705 58.57
Labour Gordon James Oakes 23,844 41.43
Majority 9,861 17.13
Turnout 81.78
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Bebington [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe 26,943 45.33
Labour Edwin Brooks 24,734 41.61
Liberal Michael J G Tompkins 7,765 13.06
Majority 2,209 3.72
Turnout 80.90
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Bebington [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edwin Brooks 30,545 51.99
Conservative Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe 28,208 48.01
Majority 2,337 3.98
Turnout 79.77
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Bebington [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Paul Cockeram 31,260 50.59
Labour Edwin Brooks 30,535 49.41
Majority 725 1.17
Turnout 75.44
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1972). Boundaries of parliamentary constituencies 1985-1972. Chichester, Sussex: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-09-4. 
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  4. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951. 
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973 by FWS Craig