Bristol Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bristol Central
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1918–February 1974
Number of members one
Replaced by Bristol North East and Bristol South East

Bristol Central was a parliamentary constituency in the city of Bristol. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the February 1974 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The County Borough of Bristol wards of Central East, Central West, Redcliffe, St Augustine, St James, St Paul, and St Philip and Jacob South.

1950-1955: The County Borough of Bristol wards of Easton, Knowle, Redcliffe, St Paul, St Philip and Jacob North, and St Philip and Jacob South.

1955-1974: The County Borough of Bristol wards of Easton, Knowle, St Paul, St Philip and Jacob, and Windmill Hill.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Thomas Inskip Conservative
1929 Joseph Alpass Labour
1931 Lord Apsley Conservative
1943 by-election Lady Apsley Conservative
1945 Stan Awbery Labour
1964 Arthur Palmer Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 12,232 63.2
Labour Ernest Bevin 7,137 36.8
Majority 5,095 26.3
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip 15,568 55.9
Labour Christopher Birdwood Thomson 12,303 44.1
Majority 3,265 11.7
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip 14,386 54.7
Labour Samuel Edward Walters 11,932 45.3
Majority 2,454 9.3
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip 17,177 55.1
Labour James Alexander Lovat-Fraser 14,018 44.9
Majority 3,159 10.1
Turnout 77.5
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph Herbert Alpass 20,749 55.7 +9.8
Unionist Sir Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip 16,524 44.3 -9.8
Majority 4,225 11.3 19.6
Turnout 77.5 0.0
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +9.8

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Allen Algernon Bathurst, Lord Apsley 22,311 59.6
Labour Joseph Herbert Alpass 15,143 40.4
Majority 7,168 19.1
Turnout 80.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Allen Algernon Bathurst, Lord Apsley 15,774 52.5
Labour J. J. Taylor 14,258 47.5
Majority 1,516 5.0
Turnout 72.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Bristol Central by-election, 1943
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Violet Emily Mildred Bathurst, Lady Apsley 5,867 52.1 −0.4
Independent Labour Jennie Lee 4,308 38.2
Ind. Labour Party John McNair 830 7.4
Independent F. H. Dunn 258 2.3
Majority 1,559 13.9 +8.9
Turnout 32.9 −39.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1945: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Stephen Awbery 13,045 63.9
Conservative Violet Emily Mildred Bathurst, Lady Apsley 7,369 36.1
Majority 5,676 27.8
Turnout 70.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Stephen Awbery 25,889 59.7
Conservative John Wynne William Peyton 13,461 31.0
Liberal Donald David Oliver Jones 4,042 9.3
Majority 12,428 28.7
Turnout 84.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Stephen Awbery 26,091 62.4
Conservative Kenelm Antony Philip Dalby 15,725 37.6
Majority 10,366 24.8
Turnout 83.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Stephen Awbery 25,158 60.5
Conservative Kenelm Antony Philip Dalby 16,406 39.5
Majority 8,752 21.0
Turnout 73.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stanley Stephen Awbery 19,905 53.6
Conservative Leslie Gilbert Pine 17,209 46.4
Majority 2,696 7.2
Turnout 75.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Montague Frank Palmer 16,207 54.5
Conservative James R. E. Taylor 11,616 39.0
Independent Desmond H. R. Burgess 1,936 6.5
Majority 4,591 15.5
Turnout 71.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Montague Frank Palmer 15,399 58.9
Conservative James R. E. Taylor 9,410 36.0
Independent Desmond H. R. Burgess 1,322 5.1
Majority 5,989 22.9
Turnout 70.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Bristol Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Montague Frank Palmer 12,375 51.4
Conservative James R. E. Taylor 9,130 37.9
Liberal Antony Rider 2,569 10.7
Majority 3,245 13.5
Turnout 66.7
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.