Bethnal Green (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bethnal Green
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1950–February 1974
Number of members one
Replaced by Bethnal Green and Bow
Created from Bethnal Green North East, Bethnal Green South West and Hackney South

Bethnal Green was a parliamentary constituency in the Bethnal Green area of the East End of London, which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1950 until it was abolished for the February 1974 general election.

It was then partly replaced by the new Bethnal Green and Bow constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

Bethnal Green in the County of London 1950-55
Bethnal Green in the County of London 1955-74

This area had been part of the County of London since 1889, having previously been part of the historic county of Middlesex.

The constituency, when created in 1950, comprised the whole of the Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green in the County of London. In 1955 part of the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney was added to the seat. The wards involved were Triangle, Victoria and Wick.

In 1965 Bethnal Green became part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London. Hackney was expanded to form the London Borough of Hackney.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 Percy Holman Labour
1966 William Hilton Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished: see Bethnal Green and Bow

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Bethnal Green [1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Holman 20,519 63.3 N/A
Liberal Rt Hon. Sir Percy Alfred Harris 9,715 30.0 N/A
Conservative Mrs. Dorothy E. Welfare 1,582 4.9 N/A
Communist Jeffrey J. Mildwater 610 1.9 N/A
Majority 10,804 33.3 N/A
Turnout 31,816 76.9 N/A
Labour win
General Election 1951: Bethnal Green [1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Holman 22,162 69.75 +6.35
Liberal Roy Ian Douglas 6,567 20.67 -9.33
Conservative Lawrence Goodman 3,046 9.59 +4.69
Majority 15,595 49.08 +15.78
Turnout 31,775 75.96 -0.94
Registered electors 41,830
Labour hold Swing +7.84
General Election 1955: Bethnal Green [1][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Holman 27,205 69.31 -0.44
Conservative John W Millbourne 6,504 16.57 +6.98
Liberal Roy Ian Douglas 5,541 14.12 -6.55
Majority 20,701 52.74 +3.66
Turnout 39,250 63.91 -12.05
Registered electors 61,410
Labour hold Swing -3.71
General Election 1959: Bethnal Green [1][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Holman 24,228 63.68 -5.63
Conservative P Ralph Roney 7,412 19.48 +2.91
Liberal Joseph Hart 5,508 14.48 +0.36
Socialist (GB) Jack L Read 899 2.36 N/A
Majority 16,816 44.20 -8.54
Turnout 38,047 66.03 +2.12
Registered electors 57,617
Labour hold Swing -4.27

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Bethnal Green [1][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Holman 19,914 64.65 +0.97
Conservative Stephen Stout-Kerr 5,593 18.16 -1.32
Liberal Tudor David Gates 5,296 17.19 +2.71
Majority 14,321 46.49 +2.29
Turnout 30,803 59.34 -6.69
Registered electors 51,906
Labour hold Swing +1.15
General Election 1966: Bethnal Green [1][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Samuel Hilton 20,178 69.71 +5.06
Conservative Oswald S Henriques 4,925 17.02 -1.14
Liberal Tudor David Gates 3,841 13.27 -3.92
Majority 15,253 52.70 +6.21
Turnout 28,944 57.68 -1.66
Registered electors 50,180
Labour hold Swing +3.1

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Bethnal Green [1][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Samuel Hilton 15,483 64.24 -5.47
Conservative Oswald S Henriques 5,587 23.18 +6.16
Liberal William Oliver Smedley 3,030 12.57 -0.70
Majority 9,905 41.06 -11.64
Turnout 24,100 50.39 -7.39
Registered electors 50,180
Labour hold Swing -5.82

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g British Parliamentary Election Results, 1950-1973, FWS Craig
  2. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results February 1950". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1951". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1964". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1970". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 10 April 2016.