Coatbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coatbridge
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Lanarkshire
19181950
Number of members One
Replaced by Coatbridge & Airdrie
Created from Lanarkshire

Coatbridge was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) from 1918 to 1950, elected by the first past the post voting system.

It was formed by the division of Lanarkshire. The name was changed in 1950 to Coatbridge and Airdrie. A later constituency, Coatbridge and Chryston, existed between 1997 and 2005, until it was redrawn as Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.

Boundaries[edit]

From 1918 the constituency consisted of "The burghs of Coatbridge and Airdrie."

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1918 Arthur Louis Hamilton Buchanan Coalition Conservative
1922 James C. Welsh Labour
1931 William Paterson Templeton Conservative
1935 James Barr Labour
1945 Jean Mann Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Coatbridge & Airdrie

Election results[edit]

General Election 1918: Coatbridge [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Conservative Arthur Buchanan 13,188
Labour Owen Coyle 7,254
General Election 1922: Coatbridge [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 12,038 49.0
Unionist Arthur Buchanan 9,724 39.6
Liberal Daniel Blades 2,802 11.4
Majority 2,314 9.4
Turnout 24,564
Labour gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1923: Coatbridge [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 12,292
Unionist J.B Young 9,865
General Election 1924: Coatbridge [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 12,782
Conservative Thomas Moore 12,725
General Election 1929: Coatbridge [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 16,879 55.0
Unionist Alec Douglas-Home 9,210 30.0
Liberal Robert Irvine 4,610 15.0
Majority 7,669 25.0
Turnout 30,699
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1931: Coatbridge[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Templeton 16,223
Labour James C. Welsh 14,722
New Party William Weir Gilmour 674
General Election 1935: Coatbridge [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Barr 17,535
Conservative T.D.K. Murray 13,121
General Election 1945: Coatbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J Mann 18,619 61.12
Conservative R Russell 11,842 38.88

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  3. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  4. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  5. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  6. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  8. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939