Clay Cross (UK Parliament constituency)

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Clay Cross
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members One
Replaced by Bolsover and South East Derbyshire

Clay Cross was a county constituency centred on the village of Clay Cross in north-east Derbyshire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The Urban District of Clay Cross, the Rural District of Blackwell, and part of the Rural District of Chesterfield.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1918 Thomas Broad Liberal
1922 Charles Duncan Labour Died 1933
1933 by-election Arthur Henderson Labour
1935 Alfred Holland Labour Died 1936
1936 by-election George Ridley Labour Died 1944
1944 by-election Harold Neal Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Clay Cross[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal 7,987 54.1 n/a
Labour Frank Hall 6,766 45.9 n/a
Majority 1,221 8.3 n/a
Turnout 14,753 50.6 n/a
Liberal win
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Clay Cross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Duncan 13,206 58
Liberal Rt Hon. Charles Frederick Gurney Masterman 6,294 n/a
National Liberal Thomas Tucker Broad 3,294 n/a
Majority 6,912
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Clay Cross [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Duncan 11,939 56.0
Unionist John Sherwood-Kelly 4,881 22.9
Liberal Frank Crane Thornborough 4,488 21.1
Majority
Turnout 61.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1929: Clay Cross [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Duncan 24,480 80.2
Unionist Abraham Montagu Lyons 6,055 19.8
Majority 18,425 60.4
Turnout 30,535
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Clay Cross
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Duncan 21,163 64.6
Liberal National Jacob Weinberg 11,611 35.4
Majority 9,552 29.2
Turnout 74.6
Labour hold Swing
Clay Cross by-election, 1933
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rt Hon. Arthur Henderson 21,931 69.3
Conservative John Moores 6,293 19.9
Communist Harry Pollitt 3,434 10.8
Majority 15,638
Turnout 71.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Clay Cross
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Holland 24,590 74.6
Conservative Miss Bridget Jackson 8,391 25.4
Majority 16,199 49.2
Turnout 73.6
Labour hold Swing
Clay Cross by-election, 1936
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Ridley 24,290 75.1 +0.5
Conservative Miss Bridget Jackson 8,042 24.9 -0.5
Majority 50.2 +1.0
Turnout 72.4 -1.2
Labour hold Swing +0.5

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Clay Cross by-election, 1944[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Neal 13,693 76.3
Independent Anti-Fascist Phil Hicken 2,336 13.0
Independent Atlantic Charter William Douglas-Home 1,911 10.7
Majority 11,357 63.3
Turnout 17,940
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1945: Clay Cross
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Neal 27,538 82.06
Conservative William Perkins Bull 6,021 17.94
Majority 21,517 64.12
Turnout 70.82
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1927
  2. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1927
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanac (1945), p.311