Doncaster (UK Parliament constituency)

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Doncaster
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County West Riding of Yorkshire, then South Yorkshire
18851983
Number of members One
Replaced by Doncaster Central and Don Valley[1]
Created from Southern West Riding of Yorkshire

Doncaster was a Parliamentary constituency covering the town of Doncaster in England. The constituency was created in 1885 and abolished in 1983.

Boundaries[edit]

The area formerly covered by this constituency is now mostly in the Doncaster Central and Doncaster North constituencies.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Walter Shirley Shirley Liberal
1888 by-election Hon. Henry Wentworth-FitzWilliam Liberal Unionist
1892 Charles James Fleming Liberal
1895 Frederick Fison Conservative
1906 Charles Norris Nicholson Liberal
1918 Reginald Nicholson Liberal
1922 Wilfred Paling Labour
1931 Hugh Molson Conservative
1935 Alfred Short Labour
1938 by-election John Morgan Labour
1941 by-election Evelyn Walkden Labour
1950 Ray Gunter Labour
1951 Anthony Barber Conservative
1964 Harold Walker Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see Doncaster Central & Doncaster North

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Walker 22,184 48.9
Conservative P. Beard 19,208 42.4
Liberal Gerald Broadhead 3,646 8.0
National Front M. Day 300 0.7
Majority 2,976 6.6
Turnout 75.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Walker 22,177 51.3
Conservative J. Wilkinson 14,747 34.1
Liberal W. J. Davidson 6,336 14.7
Majority 7,430 17.2
Turnout 72.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Walker 23,041 47.9
Conservative K. I. Tunnicliffe 17,565 36.5
Liberal W. J. Davidson 7,590 15.6
Majority 5,476 11.4
Turnout 81.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Walker 22,658 50.7
Conservative Peter Davies 19,431 43.4
Liberal Tom Blades 2,648 5.9
Majority 3,227 7.2
Turnout 74.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Walker 25,777 56.7
Conservative J. M. Whittaker 19,689 43.3
Majority 6,088 13.4
Turnout 81.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Walker 23,845 49.9
Conservative Anthony Barber 22,732 47.6
Independent Gerald Broadhead 1,201 2.5
Majority 1,113 2.3
Turnout 82.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Barber 26,521 53.6
Labour William Edward Garrett 22,935 46.4
Majority 3,586 7.3
Turnout 84.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Barber 24,598 51.8
Labour Raymond Gunter 22,938 48.3
Majority 1,660 3.5
Turnout 81.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Barber 25,005 50.4
Labour Raymond Gunter 24,621 49.6
Majority 384 0.8
Turnout 86.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1950: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Raymond Gunter 24,449 50.9
Conservative Anthony Barber 23,571 49.1
Majority 878 1.8
Turnout 85.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Evelyn Walkden 40,050 70.2
Conservative Henry Archibald Taylor 16,999 29.8
Majority 23,051 40.4
Turnout 74.5
Labour hold Swing

In the Doncaster by-election, 1941, Evelyn Walkden was elected unopposed.

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Doncaster by-election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morgan 31,735 61.3
Liberal National Alex Monteith 20,027 38.7
Majority 11,708 22.6
Turnout 75.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Short 29,963 57.6
Conservative Hugh Molson 22,011 42.4
Majority 7,952 15.2
Turnout 77.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Molson 27,705 54.9
Labour Wilfred Paling 22,363 45.1
Majority 4,842 9.8
Turnout 77.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Wilfred Paling 25,245 56.0 +3.3
Unionist Ernest Albert Phillips 11,016 24.4 -22.9
Liberal J. T. Clarke 8,842 19.6 n/a
Majority 14,279 31.6 26.2
Turnout 77.6 +0.6
Labour hold Swing +13.1
General Election 1924: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Wilfred Paling 16,496 52.7
Conservative A. S. Matthews 14,800 47.3
Majority 1,696 5.4
Turnout 77.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Wilfred Paling 16,198 60.6
Unionist William St Andrew Warde-Aldam 10,514 39.4
Majority 5,684 21.2
Turnout 68.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1922: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Wilfred Paling 13,437
Conservative Sir Robert Calverley Allington Bewicke-Copley 8,279
National Liberal Reginald Nicholson 7,161
Majority 5,158 17.8
Turnout 77.4
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

R. Nicholson
General Election 1918: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Reginald Nicholson 15,431 75.0
Labour Robert Morley 5,153 25.0
Majority 10,278 50.0
Turnout 77.4
Liberal hold Swing
C.N. Nicholson
General Election December 1910: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Norris Nicholson 9,240 58.0
Conservative Charles Warwick Whitworth 6,696 42.0
Majority 2,544 16.0
Turnout 74.1
Liberal hold Swing
General Election January 1910: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Norris Nicholson 10,654 60.1
Conservative Charles Warwick Whitworth 7,085 39.9
Majority 3,569 20.2
Turnout 82.5
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Norris Nicholson 9,315 62.3
Conservative Frederick Fison 5,646 37.7
Majority 3,669 24.6
Turnout 80.1
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1900: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Fison 6,512 51.4
Liberal A. W. Black 6,147 48.6
Majority 365 2.8
Turnout 77.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Fison 6,098 50.6
Liberal Joseph Walton 5,957 49.4
Majority 141 1.2
Turnout 84.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1892: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles James Fleming 5,831 51.2
Conservative William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam 5,552 48.8
Majority 279 2.4
Turnout 84.6
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Doncaster by-election, 1888
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam 5,634 51.0
Liberal Joseph Balfour 5,423 49.0
Majority 211 2.0
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1886: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Walter Shirley Shirley 5,060 51.4
Liberal Unionist William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam 4,792 48.6
Majority 268 2.8
Turnout 74.9
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1885: Doncaster
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Walter Shirley Shirley 5,680 54.7
Conservative A. E. Gathorne-Hardy 4,700 45.3
Majority 980 9.4
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Doncaster', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 

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