Bournemouth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 50°43′19″N 1°52′44″W / 50.722°N 1.879°W / 50.722; -1.879

Bournemouth
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Replaced by Bournemouth East and Christchurch and Bournemouth West

Bournemouth is a former United Kingdom Parliamentary constituency. The seat was created in 1918 and existed until it was abolished and split into two new seats in 1950. During the constituency's existence it was the most south-westerly seat in Hampshire (although the county boundary between Dorset and Hampshire was redrawn in 1974 so the town was transferred to Dorset).

Boundaries[edit]

Before 1918 the County Borough of Bournemouth formed part of the then parliamentary borough of Christchurch. Under the Representation of the People Act 1918 Bournemouth gained its own constituency, with the same boundaries as the then county borough.

The seat was bordered to the west by the constituency of Dorset East, while to the north was New Forest and Christchurch. The rest of the constituency bordered the English Channel.

In the 1950 redistribution, the Representation of the People Act 1948 provided for the division of Bournemouth (with the addition of the neighbouring town of Christchurch) into Bournemouth East and Christchurch & Bournemouth West.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1918 Henry Croft National
1921 Conservative Resigned 1940 on being raised to the peerage
1940 by-election Leonard Lyle Conservative Resigned 1945 on being raised to the peerage
1945 by-election Brendan Bracken Conservative
1950 constituency abolished: see Bournemouth East and Christchurch & Bournemouth West

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Bournemouth [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Party Henry Page Croft 14,048 66.3 n/a
Labour Frederick Jesse Hopkins 5,302 25.0 n/a
Liberal Thomas Dove Keighley 1,854 8.7 n/a
Majority 8,746 41.3 n/a
Turnout 64.1 n/a
National Party win

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

C.B. Dallow
General Election 1922: Bournemouth[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Henry Page Croft 15,690 52.3
Liberal Cyril Berkeley Dallow 10,181 33.9
Independent Unionist Harry Keen Hargreaves 4,134 13.8
Majority 5,509 18.4
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Bournemouth[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Henry Page Croft 15,506 50.4 -1.9
Liberal Cyril Berkeley Dallow 9,256 30.1 -3.8
Labour Minnie Pallister 5,986 19.5 n/a
Majority 20.3
Turnout 79.0
Unionist hold Swing +1.0
General Election 1929: Bournemouth [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Henry Page Croft 25,945 52.2
Liberal Arthur Mortimer 15,890 31.9 n/a
Labour Maurice Spencer 7,900 15.9
Majority 10,055 20.3
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Bournemouth[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Page Croft 39,859 80.03
Labour JH Collingbourne 9,943 19.97 n/a
Majority 29,916 60.07
Turnout 70.28
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Bournemouth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Page Croft 32,645 71.08
Labour Maurice Solomon Davidson 13,279 28.92
Majority 19,366 42.17
Turnout 62.62
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Bournemouth by-election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Charles Ernest Leonard Lyle Unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1945: Bournemouth[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Charles Ernest Leonard Lyle 34,544 55.45
Liberal Basil Thomas Wigoder 14,232 22.85
Labour Robert Spence Watson Pollard 13,522 21.71
Majority 20,312 32.60
Turnout 71.32
Conservative hold Swing
Bournemouth by-election, 1945[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rt Hon. Brendan Bracken 22,980 46.8
Labour Edward Arthur Alexander Shackleton 16,526 33.7
Liberal Basil Thomas Wigoder 9,548 19.5
Majority 6,454 13.1 -19.6
Turnout 56.5
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120206224812/http://by-elections.co.uk/45.html