Chester-le-Street (UK Parliament constituency)

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Chester-le-Street
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851983
Number of members one
Replaced by North Durham, Houghton & Washington and Blaydon[1]
Created from North Durham

Chester-le-Street was a county constituency centred on the town of Chester-le-Street in County Durham. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election.

Chester-le-Street and its successor constituency (North Durham) have over 100 years of continuous Labour representation.

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: The Sessional Division of Chester-le-Street, the Municipal Borough of Gateshead, and part of the Sessional Division of Gateshead.

1918-1950: The Urban District of Chester-le-Street, and the Rural District of Chester-le-Street.

1950-1983: The Urban Districts of Chester-le-Street and Washington, and the Rural District of Chester-le-Street.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Sir James Joicey Liberal
1906 John Wilkinson Taylor Labour
1919 by-election John James Lawson Labour
1950 Patrick Bartley Labour
1956 by-election Norman Pentland Labour
1973 by-election Giles Radice Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see North Durham

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

James Joicey
General Election 1885: Chester-le-Street [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Joicey n/a
Conservative n/a
Majority n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Chester-le-Street [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Joicey
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Chester-le-Street [2]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Joicey
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Chester-le-Street [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir James Joicey
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Chester-le-Street [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir James Joicey
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1906: Chester-le-Street [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilkinson Taylor
Liberal
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Chester-le-Street[2]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilkinson Taylor
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Chester-le-Street[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilkinson Taylor
Conservative
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1918: Chester-le-Street[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilkinson Taylor
Unionist
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Chester-le-Street[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Unionist
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923: Chester-le-Street [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John James Lawson 20,712 74.7
Unionist Charles Reginald Schiller Harris 7,015 25.3
Majority 13,697 49.4
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1924: Chester-le-Street[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Unionist
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1929: Chester-le-Street[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John James Lawson 26,975 69.8
Unionist E G Payne 6,334 16.4
Liberal Joseph William Wright 5,340 13.8 n/a
Majority 20,641 53.4
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John James Lawson 24,373 60.62
Conservative RG Kellett 15,834 39.38
Majority 8,539 21.24
Turnout 79.35
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John James Lawson 29,111 70.98
Conservative CR Besley 11,901 29.02
Majority 17,210 41.96
Turnout 78.24
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John James Lawson 33,788 76.76
Conservative Viscount Lambton 10,228 23.24
Majority 23,560 53.53
Turnout 79.79
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patrick Bartley 35,348 77.30
Conservative Harry John Martin Millican 10,379 22.70
Majority 24,969 54.60
Turnout 87.28
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patrick Bartley 35,511 76.96
Conservative Harry John Martin Millican 10,632 23.04
Majority 24,879 53.92
Turnout 86.64
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patrick Bartley 32,323 76.29
Conservative David A Wright 10,047 23.71
Majority 22,276 52.57
Turnout 79.57
Labour hold Swing
Chester-le-Street by-election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Pentland 27,912 80.8
Conservative William Rees-Mogg 6,625 19.2
Majority 21,287
Turnout 34,537 65.0 -
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Pentland 33,901 75.78
Conservative William Rees-Mogg 10,838 24.22
Majority 23,063 51.55
Turnout 83.03
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Pentland 32,895 75.20
Conservative John Michael Gorst 10,851 24.80
Majority 22,044 50.39
Turnout 79.43
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Pentland 32,467 76.96
Conservative Charles Maxwell Kirwan Taylor 9,720 23.04
Majority 22,747 53.92
Turnout 74.87
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Pentland 33,694 71.60
Conservative Dennis Ramshaw 13,363 28.40
Majority 20,331 43.21
Turnout 73.67
Labour hold Swing
Chester-le-Street by-election, 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Giles Heneage Radice 25,874 53.0
Liberal George Suggett 18,802 38.6
Conservative Neil Roxburgh Balfour 4,092 8.4
Majority 7,066 14.4
Turnout 48,768 71.4 -
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Giles Heneage Radice 33,534 59.21
Liberal DJ Herd 14,808 26.15
Conservative Neil Roxburgh Balfour 8,291 14.64
Majority 18,726 33.07
Turnout 83.48
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Giles Heneage Radice 33,511 65.69
Liberal D McCourt 9,233 18.10
Conservative R Ditchburn 8,268 16.21
Majority 24,278 47.59
Turnout 74.63
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Giles Heneage Radice 38,672 60.40
Conservative James Randall Couchman 16,112 25.16
Liberal D McCourt 9,247 14.44
Majority 22,560 35.23
Turnout 76.76
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Chester-le-Street', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig