Birmingham Moseley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Birmingham Moseley
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members One

Birmingham Moseley was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1950. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

Between 1885 and 1918 the parliamentary borough of Birmingham was split into seven single-member divisions. The Representation of the People Act 1918 provided for a redistribution of Birmingham into twelve constituencies, one of which was Birmingham Moseley.

Moseley was the south-westernmost of the Birmingham seats established in 1918. It comprised the then City Council wards of Acock's Green and Sparkhill, with parts of the wards of Balsall Heath, King's Norton, Moseley and King's Heath, and Sparkbrook.

By the 1935 United Kingdom general election, the electorate of the Moseley division exceeded 100,000 voters. Towards the end of the Second World War it was decided to instruct the Boundary Commission for England to prepare a scheme to divide the seats with more than 100,000 voters. This was provided for by the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1944, as an interim measure before the first general review of all the constituencies took place later in the decade.

At the 1945 United Kingdom general election, the Acock's Green ward became part of the new seat of Birmingham Acock's Green. The remainder of the previous Moseley remained as that division, comprising the Moseley and King's Heath, and Sparkhill wards with part of King's Norton ward.

As a result of the first general review, the Moseley division disappeared at the United Kingdom general election, 1950.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Hallewell Rogers Coalition Conservative
1921 by-election Sir Patrick Hannon Coalition Conservative
1922 Conservative
1950 Constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Birmingham Moseley[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 16,161 69.2 n/a
Labour Robert Dunstan 3,789 16.2 n/a
Liberal Wilfred Hill 3,422 14.6 n/a
Majority 12,372 53.0 n/a
Turnout 56.3 n/a
Unionist win
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Birmingham Moseley by-election, 1921 [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
  • endorsed by Coalition Government
General Election 1922: Birmingham Moseley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Patrick Joseph Henry Hannon unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Birmingham Moseley [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Patrick Joseph Henry Hannon 19,628 71.3 n/a
Liberal Mrs Janet Clarkson 7,904 28.7 n/a
Majority 11,724 42.6 n/a
Turnout 63.1 n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Birmingham Moseley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Patrick Joseph Henry Hannon 24,333 77.2 +5.9
Labour George Pearce Blizard 7,183 22.8 n/a
Majority 17,150 54.4 +11.8
Turnout 70.2 +7.1
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1929: Birmingham Moseley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Patrick Joseph Henry Hannon 33,820 56.8 -20.4
Labour Frank George Bushnell 15,733 26.4 +3.6
Liberal Arthur M. Meek 9,388 15.7 n/a
Independent Labour G. Brigden 675 1.1 n/a
Majority 18,087 30.4 -24.0
Turnout 59,616 73.1 +2.9
Unionist hold Swing -12.0

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Birmingham Moseley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick Joseph Henry Hannon 53,041 79.8 +23.0
Labour Frank G. Lloyd 13,399 20.2 -6.2
Majority 39,642 59.6 +29.2
Turnout 72.1 -1.0
Conservative hold Swing +14.6
General Election 1935: Birmingham Moseley[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick Joseph Henry Hannon 43,885 71.4 -8.4
Labour Julius Silverman 17,543 28.6 +8.4
Majority 26,342 42.8 -16.8
Turnout 60.7 -11.4
Conservative hold Swing -8.4

General Election 1939/40

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Birmingham Moseley [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Patrick Joseph Henry Hannon 22,063 51.2 -20.2
Labour Arthur Leslie Nalder Stephens 21,070 48.8 +20.2
Majority 993 2.4 -40.4
Turnout 69.7 +9.0
Conservative hold Swing -20.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1922
  3. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939