Bournemouth East and Christchurch (UK Parliament constituency)
|Bournemouth East and Christchurch|
|Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Bournemouth East and Christchurch & Lymington|
|Created from||Bournemouth, and New Forest and Christchurch|
Bournemouth East and Christchurch is a former United Kingdom Parliamentary constituency. It returned one Member of Parliament, using the first past the post electoral system from the United Kingdom general election, 1950 until the constituency was abolished in 1974.
The seat was based upon the eastern part of the seaside resort of Bournemouth and the neighbouring town of Christchurch, which were united for parliamentary purposes in 1950. The constituency was in the south west of the historic county of Hampshire in South East England.
It was held by the Conservative Party for the entirety of its existence, with the party gaining more than half of the votes cast at each election.
The County Borough of Bournemouth wards of Boscombe East, Boscombe West, King's Park, Queen's Park, Southbourne, and West Southbourne, and the Municipal Borough of Christchurch.
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 became a single-member constituency, with the same boundaries as the then county borough. Christchurch became part of the new New Forest and Christchurch constituency.
In the 1950 redistribution of parliamentary seats, the Representation of the People Act 1948 provided for the division of Bournemouth and Christchurch into Bournemouth East and Christchurch and Bournemouth West.
Members of Parliament
|1950||Brendan Bracken||Conservative||Previously MP for Bournemouth from 1945. Resigned 1952 on being raised to the peerage|
|1952 by-election||Nigel Nicolson||Conservative|
|Feb 1974||constituency abolished: see Bournemouth East & Christchurch and Lymington|
Elections in the 1950s
|Liberal||John C. Holland||6,594||14.01|
|Labour||Hallam J. Barnes||11,550||25.09|
|Liberal||John C. Holland||5,338||11.6|
|Labour||R. D. Rees||8,498||23.38||-1.71|
|Liberal||John C. Holland||3,673||10.11||-1.49|
|Labour||David J. Buckle||10,259||23.39|
|Liberal||Brian Patrick Molony||4,851||11.06|
|Labour||Jack D. Rutland||9,222||19.81|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Alan G. Reynard||10,447||21.95|
|Liberal||Alastair Campbell McLeish||10,304||21.65|
|Labour||Clive S. Sabel||12,598||26.06|
|Liberal||Alastair Campbell McLeish||8,698||17.99|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||Tony C. Bisson||10,594||21.24|
|Liberal||George K. Musgrave||8,182||16.40|
- British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
- Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1983)
- Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1981)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]