Brierley Hill (UK Parliament constituency)

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Brierley Hill
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1950–February 1974
Number of members one
Replaced by Dudley West, Wolverhampton South West, South West Staffordshire & Halesowen and Stourbridge
Created from Cannock and Kingswinford

Brierley Hill parliamentary constituency was located in the West Midlands of England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the February 1974 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The seat was named after a town in the historic county of Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England.

It consisted of four local government areas, the Urban Districts of Amblecote, Brierley Hill, and Tettenhall as well as the Rural District of Seisdon, as they existed in 1948.

Before 1950 much of the area (Amblecote and Brierley Hill) had been part of the Kingswinford constituency. The rest (Tettenhall and Seisdon) were part of Cannock constituency.

In the redistribution which took effect in early 1974, this constituency was abolished. There had been changes in local government arrangements since 1950, so most of the area of the old seat had been divided between the County Boroughs of Dudley and Wolverhampton. The Brierley Hill ward of Dudley became part of the Dudley West constituency, whereas the Tettenhall Regis and Tettenhall Wightwick wards of Wolverhampton were part of the Wolverhampton South West seat. Seisdon became part of the South West Staffordshire division. Most of Amblecote had been included in the Worcestershire Municipal Borough of Stourbridge, so it became part of the Halesowen and Stourbridge parliamentary constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1950 Charles Simmons Labour
1959 John Talbot Conservative Died January 1967
1967 by-election Fergus Montgomery Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Brierley Hill [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Simmons 24,302 50.32
Conservative Rolf Dudley-Williams 19,665 40.72
Liberal TP Hanley 4,329 8.96
Majority 4,637 9.60
Turnout 85.45
Labour win
General Election 1951: Brierley Hill [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Simmons 25,510 52.36
Conservative John Dalley 23,212 47.64
Majority 2,298 4.72
Turnout 85.00
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Brierley Hill[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Simmons 25,013 50.97
Conservative W Howard Green 24,064 49.03
Majority 949 1.93
Turnout 78.93
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Brierley Hill [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. E. Talbot 31,202 53.55
Labour Charles Simmons 27,069 46.45
Majority 4,133 7.09
Turnout 81.89
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Brierley Hill [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. E. Talbot 33,370 52.01
Labour Peter Archer 28,968 45.15
Independent
  • William Brown
1,820 2.84
Majority 4,402 6.86
Turnout 79.98
Conservative hold Swing
  • Anti-Common Market
General Election 1966: Brierley Hill [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. E. Talbot 34,026 51.18
Labour Katharine C Rogers 32,459 48.82
Majority 1,567 2.36 -
Turnout 78.95
Conservative hold Swing
Brierley Hill by-election, 1967[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Montgomery 31,371 53.75 +2.57
Labour Derek Forwood 21,151 36.24 -12.58
Liberal Michael Steed 4,536 7.77 N/A
All Party Alliance John Creasey 1,305 2.24 N/A
Majority 10,220 17.51
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Brierley Hill [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Montgomery 43,440 60.63
Labour Thomas Pritchard 28,203 39.37
Majority 15,237 21.27
Turnout 73.29
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  4. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  5. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  7. ^ "1967 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  8. ^ 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 5)