Blackpool (UK Parliament constituency)

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Blackpool
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851945
Number of members one
Replaced by Blackpool North and Blackpool South
Created from North Lancashire

Blackpool was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Blackpool in Lancashire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1945 general election, when it was replaced by the new Blackpool North and Blackpool South constituencies.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member Party
1885 Frederick Stanley Conservative
1886 Sir Matthew Ridley Conservative
1900 Henry Wilson Worsley-Taylor Conservative
1906 Wilfrid Ashley Conservative
1918 Sir Albert Lindsay Parkinson Coalition Conservative
1922 Leonard Greenham Star Molloy Conservative
1923 Hugh Mowbray Meyler Liberal
1924 Sir Walter de Frece Conservative
1931 Clifford Erskine-Bolst Conservative
1935 Roland Robinson Conservative
1945 constituency abolished: see Blackpool North and Blackpool South

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate 41,627

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist
  1. Sir Albert Lindsay Parkinson
15,818
Independent F Critchley 9,862
Labour Allen Gee 2,608
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

A # denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Hugh Meyler
General Election 1922

Electorate 41,627

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Leonard Greenham Star Molloy 18,206
Liberal Hugh Mowbray Meyler 18,040
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 48,865

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hugh Mowbray Meyler 22,264
Unionist Hon. Victor Albert Stanley 19,192
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 51,914

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Abraham Walter de Frece 25,839 58.0
Liberal Hugh Mowbray Meyler 18,712 42.0
Majority 7,127 16.0
Turnout 85.8
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929

Electorate 86,744

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Abraham Walter de Frece 32,912 46.8
Liberal Cllr Miles Mitchell 25,374 36.1
Labour Ernest A Machin 12,049 17.1
Majority 7,538 10.7
Turnout 81.1
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931

Electorate 91,099

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clifford Charles Alan Lawrence Erskine-Bolst 53,010 73.1
Liberal Edgar Wallace 19,524 26.9
Majority 46.2
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
  • Wallace was opposed to the National Government.
Henry Purchase
General Election 1935

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Roland Robinson 48,514
Labour Harvey Thorneycroft 13,598
Liberal Henry George Purchase 12,245
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

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 from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected; Conservative: Roland Robinson, Liberal: Adrian Liddell Hart, Labour: Harvey Thorneycroft.

References[edit]

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.