East Dorset (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Dorset
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851950
Number of members One
Replaced by Poole

East Dorset is a former United Kingdom Parliamentary constituency. It was formally known as the Eastern Division of Dorset. It was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was represented by one Knight of the Shire.

History[edit]

Between 1832 and 1885 the historic county of Dorset, in south-west England, was an undivided three-seat county constituency - see the article on the Dorset constituency. In 1885 the county was divided for Parliamentary purposes between this constituency, Dorset North, Dorset South and Dorset West (no borough constituencies were created in Dorset in the 1885 redistribution). Each of these divisions comprised roughly a quarter of the area of the county of Dorset and returned one Member of Parliament.

In the 1918 redistribution, the four Dorset constituencies were retained, but their boundaries were redrawn. Dorset East constituency was reduced in area to about half its former size, with the northern part of the pre-1918 seat being transferred to Dorset North and the southern part to Dorset South.

In the 1950 redistribution, this constituency disappeared. A new borough constituency of Poole was created. Wimborne Minster Urban District and the part of Wimborne and Cranborne Rural District previously in the abolished seat were transferred to Dorset North.

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: The Municipal Borough of the Town and County of Poole, the Sessional Division of Wimborne, and part of the Sessional Division of Wareham.

1918-1950: The Municipal Borough of Poole, the Urban District of Wimborne Minster, the Rural District of Poole, and part of the Rural District of Wimborne and Cranborne.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1885 Pascoe Glyn Liberal Younger son of Lord Wolverton
1886 George Hawkesworth Bond Conservative Died in 1891
1891 by-election Hon. Humphrey Napier Sturt Conservative Succeeded as 2nd Baron Alington in 1904
1904 by-election Charles Henry Lyell Liberal MP for Edinburgh South from April 1910
January 1910 Hon. Frederick Edward Guest Liberal Unseated on petition in May 1910
June 1910 Hon. Christian Henry Charles Guest Liberal MP for Pembroke & Haverfordwest from Dec 1910
December 1910 Rt Hon. Frederick Edward Guest Liberal Liberal Chief Whip 1917–1921, Secretary of State for Air 1921–1922
1918 Coalition Liberal
1922 Gordon Ralph Hall Caine Independent Conservative Took Conservative Whip January 1923
1923 Conservative
1929 Alec Ewart Glassey Liberal
1931 Gordon Ralph Hall Caine Conservative
1945 Mervyn James Wheatley Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

A.A. Allen
General Election January 1900[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Humphrey Sturt 4,776 50.5 n/a
Liberal Arthur Acland Allen 4,680 49.5 n/a
Turnout 81.4 n/a
Majority 96 1.0 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Charles Lyell
East Dorset by-election, 1904[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Lyell 5,929 53.7 +4.2
Conservative Charles Van Raalte 5,109 46.3 -4.2
Turnout 87.0 +5.6
Majority 820 7.4 8.4
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +4.2
General Election January 1906[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Lyell 6,104 50.1 -3.6
Conservative Charles Van Raalte 6,083 49.9 +3.6
Turnout 89.9 +2.9
Majority 21 0.2 6.2
Liberal hold Swing -3.6

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Frederick Guest
General Election January 1910[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Frederick Guest 6,957 51.6 +1.5
Conservative John Nicholson 6,531 48.4 -1.5
Majority 426 3.2 +3.0
Turnout 91.2 +1.3
Liberal hold Swing +1.5
Henry Guest
East Dorset by-election, 1910[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Henry Guest 6,967 52.2 +0.6
Conservative John Nicholson 6,375 47.8 -0.6
Majority 592 4.4 +1.2
Turnout 90.2 -1.0
Liberal hold Swing +0.6
General Election December 1910[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Frederick Guest 6,819 52.1 -0.1
Conservative Maurice George Carr Glyn 6,266 47.9 +0.1
Majority 4.2 -0.2
Turnout 88.4 -1.8
Liberal hold Swing

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 from 1914 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal 11,944
Labour Alfred Smith 4,321
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Unionist Gordon Hall Caine 12,513 49.1
Labour Frederick Jesse Hopkins 6,914 27.1
National Liberal Frederick Guest 6,062 23.8
Majority 5,599 22.0
Turnout 80.2
Independent Unionist gain from National Liberal Swing
General Election 1923: East Dorset
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Gordon Hall Caine 12,480 48.5 -0.6
Liberal Richard Evan Williams Kirby 7,535 29.2 +2.1
Labour Frederick Jesse Hopkins 5,760 22.3 -1.5
Majority 4,945 19.3 -2.7
Turnout 78.5 -1.7
Unionist hold Swing -1.4
General Election 1924
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Gordon Hall Caine 14,479 52.6 +4.1
Liberal Alec Glassey 8,828 32.1 +2.9
Labour Edward Joseph Stocker 4,205 15.3 -7.0
Majority 5,651 20.5
Turnout 80.3 +1.8
Unionist hold Swing +0.6
General Election 1929: East Dorset
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alec Glassey 17,810 42.2 +10.1
Unionist Gordon Hall Caine 17,533 41.6 -11.0
Labour Edward Joseph Stocker 6,819 16.2 +0.9
Majority 277 0.6 21.1
Turnout 81.5 +1.2
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +10.5

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Dorset East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gordon Hall Caine 20,711 44.5
Liberal National Alec Glassey 18,801 40.4
Labour Edward Joseph Stocker 7,009 15.1
Majority 1,910 4.1
Turnout 46,521 82.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gordon Hall Caine 25,520 53.5
Liberal Frank Raffety 11,349 23.8
Labour Edward Joseph Stocker 10,823 22.7
Majority 14,171 29.7
Turnout 47,692 74.4
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1939/40

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mervyn Wheatley 26,561 43.8
Labour Charles Fletcher-Cooke 25,093 41.4
Liberal John AH Mander 8,975 14.8
Majority 1,468 2.4
Turnout 75.0
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1977)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1974)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press, revised edition 1977)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume II 1886-1918, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1978)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume III 1919-1945, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1979)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1981)