Bournemouth East and Christchurch (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bournemouth East and Christchurch
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Hampshire
1950–February 1974
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.

Boundaries[edit]

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.

In the 1974 redistribution, this constituency disappeared. The two new seats of Bournemouth East & Christchurch and Lymington then came into existence.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1950 Brendan Bracken Conservative Previously MP for Bournemouth from 1945. Resigned 1952 on being raised to the peerage
1952 by-election Nigel Nicolson Conservative
1959 John Cordle Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished: see Bournemouth East & Christchurch and Lymington

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Bournemouth East and Christchurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brendan Bracken 27,677 58.81
Labour Dodo Lees 12,790 27.18
Liberal John C. Holland 6,594 14.01
Majority 14,887 31.63
Turnout 84.98
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bournemouth East and Christchurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brendan Bracken 29,138 63.31
Labour Hallam J. Barnes 11,550 25.09
Liberal John C. Holland 5,338 11.6
Majority 17,588 38.21
Turnout 80.84
Conservative hold Swing
Bournemouth East and Christchurch by-election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nigel Nicolson 22,480 61.85 -1.46
Labour R. D. Rees 8,498 23.38 -1.71
Liberal John C. Holland 3,673 10.11 -1.49
Independent S. Kermode 1,693 4.66 N/A
Majority 13,982 38.47 +0.26
Turnout 36,334
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955:Bournemouth East and Christchurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nigel Nicolson 28,757 65.55
Labour David J. Buckle 10,259 23.39
Liberal Brian Patrick Molony 4,851 11.06
Majority 18,498 42.17
Turnout 75.51
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Bournemouth East and Christchurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cordle 29,014 62.34
Labour Jack D. Rutland 9,222 19.81
Liberal W.J. Wareham 8,308 17.85
Majority 19,792 42.52
Turnout 76.73
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Bournemouth East and Christchurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cordle 26,852 56.41
Labour Alan G. Reynard 10,447 21.95
Liberal Alastair Campbell McLeish 10,304 21.65
Majority 16,405 34.46
Turnout 74.67
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Bournemouth East and Christchurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cordle 27,047 55.95
Labour Clive S. Sabel 12,598 26.06
Liberal Alastair Campbell McLeish 8,698 17.99
Majority 14,449 29.89
Turnout 74.71
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Bournemouth East and Christchurch[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cordle 31,104 62.36
Labour Tony C. Bisson 10,594 21.24
Liberal George K. Musgrave 8,182 16.40
Majority 20,510 41.12
Turnout 70.80
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig