Denbigh (UK Parliament constituency)

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Denbigh
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Preserved county Denbighshire
Major settlements Denbigh
19181983
Replaced by Clwyd North West and Clwyd South West
Created from Denbigh Boroughs
East Denbighshire
West Denbighshire

Denbigh was a county constituency centred on the town of Denbigh in North Wales. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

This was a county division of Denbighshire. In 1918 it comprised the whole of the county, except for the Municipal Borough of Wrexham and part of the Chirk Rural District, which formed the Wrexham division.

The local authorities in the Denbigh division were the Municipal Boroughs of Denbigh and Ruthin; the Urban Districts of Abergele and Pensarn, Colwyn Bay and Colwyn, Llangollen, and Llanrwst; and the Rural Districts of Llangollen, Llanrwst, Llansillin, Ruthin, St Asaph (Denbigh), and Uwchaled, part of Chirk, and the part of Glan Conway not in Caernarvonshire.

The local authorities in Denbighshire were reorganised in 1935, but that did not affect the boundaries of the parliamentary constituency.

In the redistribution which took effect in 1950, the division was redefined as comprising the Municipal Boroughs of Colwyn Bay, Denbigh, and Ruthin; the Urban Districts of Abergele, Llangollen, and Llanrwst; and the Rural Districts of Aled, Hiraethog, Ruthin, part of Ceiriog, and part of Wrexham. The same local authorities remained within the constituency in the 1974 redistribution.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir David Sanders Davies Coalition Liberal
1922 John Cledwyn Davies National Liberal 1
1923 Ellis William Davies Liberal
1929 Sir Henry Morris-Jones Liberal
1931 Liberal National 2
1942 Independent
1943 Liberal National 2
1950 Emlyn Garner Evans National Liberal 2
1959 Geraint Morgan Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

1 A party led by David Lloyd George, which succeeded the Coalition Liberals.

2 A party allied with the Conservative Party.

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Denbigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies* 14,773 83.3 n/a
Labour Edward John 2,958 16.7 n/a
Majority 11,815 66.6 n/a
Turnout 58.2 n/a
Liberal win

*endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Denbigh [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal John Cledwyn Davies 12,975 53.9 -29.4
Unionist Lesley Venetia Elizabeth Brodrick 9,138 37.9 n/a
Liberal Llewellyn G Williams 1,974 8.2 n/a
Majority 3,837 16.0 -50.6
Turnout 76.7 +10.1
National Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Denbigh [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ellis Davies 12,164 59.8 +51.6
Unionist Rhys David 8,186 40.2 +2.3
Majority 3,978 19.6 35.6
Turnout 63.6 -13.1
Liberal gain from National Liberal Swing +24.8
General Election 1924: Denbigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ellis Davies 12,671 53.0 -6.8
Unionist Lesley Venetia Elizabeth Brodrick 11,250 47.0 +6.8
Majority 1,421 6.0 -13.6
Turnout 79.7 +7.2
Liberal hold Swing -6.8
General Election 1929: Denbigh
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Henry Morris-Jones 21,305 61.9 +8.9
Unionist Alan Graham 13,116 38.1 -8.9
Majority 8,189 23.8 +17.8
Turnout 79.7 +7.2
Liberal hold Swing +8.9

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Henry Morris-Jones Unopposed
Liberal National gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Registered electors 44,614
General Election 1935[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Henry Morris-Jones 17,372 50.12 N/A
Liberal John Cledwyn Davies 12,329 35.57 N/A
Labour J. R. Hughes 4,963 14.32 N/A
Majority 5,043 14.55 N/A
Turnout 34,664 75.10 N/A
Registered electors 46,158
Liberal National hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was due to take place before the end of 1940. From 1939, the parties had been making preparations for an election, and by the end of that year, the following candidates had been selected:

General Election 1945: Denbigh [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Henry Morris-Jones 17,023 41.70 -8.42
Liberal Emlyn Garner Evans 12,101 29.64 -5.93
Labour WLM Jones 11,702 28.66 +14.34
Majority 4,922 12.06 -2.49
Turnout 40,826 74.81 -0.29
Registered electors 54,572
Liberal National hold Swing -1.25

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Denbigh [6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Emlyn Garner Evans 17,473 38.88 -2.82
Liberal Glyn Tegai Hughes 16,264 36.19 +6.55
Labour John G Hughes 11,205 24.93 -3.73
Majority 1,209 2.69 -9.37
Turnout 44,942 82.29 +7.48
Registered electors 54,614
National Liberal hold Swing -4.69
General Election 1951: Denbigh [8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Emlyn Garner Evans 20,269 45.67 +6.79
Labour James Idwal Jones 12,354 27.84 +2.91
Liberal Eifion Roberts 11,758 26.49 -9.70
Majority 7,915 17.83 +15.14
Turnout 44,381 82.17 -0.12
Registered electors 54,011
National Liberal hold Swing +1.94
General Election 1955: Denbigh [10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Emlyn Garner Evans 18,312 43.18 -2.49
Liberal Glyn Tegai Hughes 13,671 32.24 +5.75
Labour Robyn Lewis 10,421 24.58 -3.26
Majority 4,641 10.94 -6.89
Turnout 42,404 79.13 -3.04
Registered electors 53,589
National Liberal hold Swing -4.12
General Election 1959: Denbigh [12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geraint Morgan 17,893 41.75 -1.43
Liberal Glyn Tegai Hughes 13,268 30.96 -1.28
Labour Stanley Williams 8,620 20.11 -4.47
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Alun Jones 3,077 7.18 N/A
Majority 4,625 10.79 -0.15
Turnout 42,858 80.86 +1.73
Registered electors 53,000
Conservative hold Swing -0.08

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Denbigh [14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geraint Morgan 17,970 41.31 -0.44
Liberal William BE Ellis-Jones 13,331 30.65 -0.31
Labour Stanley Williams 8,754 20.12 +0.01
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Alun Jones 3,444 7.92 +0.74
Majority 4,639 10.66 -0.13
Turnout 43,499 80.51 -0.35
Registered electors 54,032
Conservative hold Swing -0.07
General Election 1966: Denbigh [16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geraint Morgan 17,382 39.41 -1.90
Liberal Alun Talfan Davies 12,725 28.85 -1.80
Labour Edward Griffiths 11,305 25.63 +5.51
Plaid Cymru Meredith Edwards 2,695 6.11 -1.81
Majority 4,657 10.56 -0.10
Turnout 44,107 80.61 +0.10
Registered electors 54,715
Conservative hold Swing -0.05

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Denbigh[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geraint Morgan 21,246 44.57
Labour Ann Clwyd 12,537 26.30
Liberal Idris Hughes-Evans 8,636 18.12
Plaid Cymru Edward Gwyn Matthews 5,254 11.02
Majority 8,709 18.27
Turnout 47,673 78.46
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, February 1974: Denbigh[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geraint Morgan 21,258 41.89 -2.68
Liberal David Leonard Williams 15,243 30.04 +11.92
Labour Emlyn Jones Sherrington 10,141 19.98 -6.32
Plaid Cymru Edward Gwyn Matthews 4,103 8.09 -2.93
Majority 6,015 11.85 -6.42
Turnout 50,745 80.54 +2.08
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, October 1974: Denbigh[21][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geraint Morgan 18,751 38.64 -3.25
Liberal David Leonard Williams 14,200 29.26 -0.78
Labour Paul Flynn 9,824 20.24 +0.26
Plaid Cymru Ieuan Wyn Jones 5,754 11.86 +3.77
Majority 4,551 9.38 -2.47
Turnout 48,529 76.43 -4.11
Conservative hold Swing -1.24
General Election 1979: Denbigh[22][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geraint Morgan 23,683 44.93 +6.29
Liberal David Leonard Williams 14,833 28.14 -1.12
Labour Huw Rhys Thomas 9,276 17.60 -2.64
Plaid Cymru Ieuan Wyn Jones 4,915 9.33 -2.53
Majority 8,850 16.79 +7.41
Turnout 52,707 79.98 +3.55
Conservative hold Swing +3.71

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif 1885-1997, Beti Jones
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  12. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  16. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
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  18. ^ "UK General Election results 1970". Politics Resources. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "UK General Election results February 1974". Politics Resources. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
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  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press, revised edition 1977)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1983)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1974-1983, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1984)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]