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 Notes
1885 James Joicey Liberal
1906 John Taylor Labour Resigned October 1919
1919 by-election Jack Lawson Labour
1950 Patrick Bartley Labour Died June 1956
1956 by-election Norman Pentland Labour Died October 1972
1973 by-election Giles Radice Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see North Durham

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Joicey
General Election 1885: Chester-le-Street [2][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Joicey 4,409 44.0 N/A
Independent Liberal R Lloyd Jones 3,606 36.9 N/A
Conservative Walter Ashworth 2,018 20.1 N/A
Majority 803 8.1 N/A
Turnout 10,033 84.8 N/A
Registered electors 11,830
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Joicey Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Chester-le-Street [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Joicey 6,453 61.3 N/A
Liberal Unionist Edward Sullivan 4,066 38.7 N/A
Majority 2,387 22.6 N/A
Turnout 10,519 79.9 N/A
Registered electors 13,169
Liberal hold
Morpeth
General Election 1895: Chester-le-Street [2][3][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Joicey 7,370 64.2 +2.9
Liberal Unionist Viscount Morpeth 4,113 35.8 -2.9
Majority 3,257 28.4 +5.8
Turnout 11,483 78.6 −1.3
Registered electors 14,618
Liberal hold Swing +2.9

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Chester-le-Street [2][3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Joicey 5,830 52.0 −12.2
Conservative John Nicholson 5,391 48.0 +12.2
Majority 439 4.0 −24.4
Turnout 11,221 68.6 −10.0
Registered electors 16,358
Liberal hold Swing −12.2
General Election 1906: Chester-le-Street [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Labour John Wilkinson Taylor 8,085 45.6 N/A
Conservative Slingsby Duncombe Shafto 4,985 28.1 −19.9
Liberal Alfred Barrett Tebb 4,660 26.3 −25.7
Majority 3,100 17.5 N/A
Turnout 17,730 84.8 +16.2
Registered electors 20,910
Independent Labour gain from Liberal Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Chester-le-Street [2][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilkinson Taylor 12,684 64.8 +19.2
Conservative Slingsby Duncombe Shafto 6,891 35.2 +7.1
Majority 5,793 29.6 +12.1
Turnout 19,575
Labour hold Swing +6.0
General Election December 1910: Chester-le-Street [2][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilkinson Taylor Unopposed
Labour hold

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

  • Labour: John Gilliland
General Election 1918: Chester-le-Street[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilkinson Taylor Unopposed
Labour hold
Chester-le-Street by-election, 1919[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Lawson 17,838 77.1 N/A
National Democratic David Gilmour 5,313 22.9 N/A
Majority 12,525 54.2 N/A
Turnout 23,151 63.7 N/A
Registered electors 36,321
Labour hold

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Chester-le-Street[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Lawson 20,296 68.5 N/A
Unionist David Fee Todd 9,335 31.5 N/A
Majority 10,961 37.0 N/A
Turnout 29,631 76.6 N/A
Registered electors 38,672
Labour hold
General Election 1923: Chester-le-Street [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Lawson 20,712 74.7 +6.2
Unionist Charles Reginald Schiller Harris 7,015 25.3 −6.2
Majority 13,697 49.4 +12.4
Turnout 27,727 70.1 −6.5
Registered electors 39,532
Labour hold Swing +6.2
General Election 1924: Chester-le-Street[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Lawson 22,700 71.0 −3.7
Unionist Michael Dodds McCarthy 9,250 29.0 +3.7
Majority 13,450 42.0 −7.4
Turnout 31,950 78.7 +8.6
Registered electors 40,578
Labour hold Swing −3.7
General Election 1929: Chester-le-Street[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Lawson 26,975 69.8 −1.2
Unionist E.G. Payne 6,334 16.4 −12.6
Liberal Joseph William Wright 5,340 13.8 N/A
Majority 20,641 53.4 +11.4
Turnout 38,649 78.5 −0.2
Registered electors 49,243
Labour hold Swing +5.7

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Lawson 24,373 60.62
Conservative Ronald 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 Jack Lawson 29,111 70.98
Conservative Charles Robert Ingram 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 Jack Lawson 33,788 76.76
Conservative Antony 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 +4.5
Conservative William Rees-Mogg 6,625 19.2 -4.5
Majority 21,287 61.6 +9.0
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 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 43.2
Turnout 73.67
Labour hold Swing
Chester-le-Street by-election, 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Giles Radice 25,874 53.06 -18.54
Liberal George Booth Suggett 18,808 38.57 N/A
Conservative Neil Balfour 4,092 8.39 -20.01
Majority 7,066 14.49 -28.71
Turnout 48,768 71.4 -
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Giles Radice 33,534 59.21 +6.15
Liberal David James Herd 14,808 26.15 -12.42
Conservative Neil Balfour 8,291 14.64 +6.25
Majority 18,726 33.06
Turnout 83.48
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Giles Radice 33,511 65.69 +6.48
Liberal Douglas McCourt 9,233 18.10 -8.05
Conservative R Ditchburn 8,268 16.21 +1.57
Majority 24,278 47.59 +14.53
Turnout 74.63
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Chester-le-Street
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Giles Radice 38,672 60.40 -5.29
Conservative James Couchman 16,112 25.16 +8.95
Liberal Douglas McCourt 9,247 14.44 -3.66
Majority 22,560 35.24 -12.35
Turnout 76.76
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Chester-le-Street', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  3. ^ a b c d e The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  4. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
  5. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  9. ^ a b c d e f British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  10. ^ "Chester-le-Street Election". Tamworth Herald. 6 December 1919. Retrieved 5 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).