East Kent (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Kent
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Kent
Number of members 2
Created from Kent

East Kent (formally known as "Kent, Eastern") was a county constituency in Kent in South East England. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.


The constituency was created by the Reform Act 1832 for the 1832 general election, and abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election.

All three two-member constituencies in Kent were abolished in 1885: East Kent, Mid Kent and West Kent. They were replaced by eight new single-member constituencies:


1832-1885: The Lathes of St. Augustine and Shepway (including the Liberty of Romney Marsh), and the Upper Division of the Lathe of Scray.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 John Pemberton Plumptre Conservative Sir Edward Knatchbull, Bt Conservative
1845 by-election William Deedes Conservative
February 1852 by-election Sir Brook Bridges, Bt [2] Conservative
July 1852 Sir Edward Dering, Bt Whig
March 1857 Sir Brook Bridges, Bt Conservative
December 1857 by-election William Deedes Conservative
1863 by-election Sir Edward Dering, Bt Liberal
May 1868 Edward Leigh Pemberton Conservative
November 1868 Hon. George Milles [3] Conservative
1875 by-election Sir Wyndham Knatchbull, Bt Conservative
1876 by-election William Deedes Conservative
1880 Aretas Akers-Douglas [4] Conservative
1885 constituency abolished


Election results[edit]