East Sussex (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||two|
East Sussex (formally the Eastern division of Sussex) was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Sussex, which returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the bloc vote system.
It was created under the Great Reform Act for the 1832 general election, when the existing Sussex constituency was divided into two. It consisted of the rapes of Lewes, Pevensey and Hastings, an area broadly similar to but not identical with the modern county of East Sussex. The "place of election", where nominations were taken and the result declared, was Lewes.
East Sussex was abolished for the 1885 general election, being divided between four new single-member county constituencies, Rye, Eastbourne, East Grinstead and Lewes. (Lewes and Rye also absorbed the voters from the abolished boroughs of the same names.)
1832-1885: The Rapes of Lewes, Hastings and Pevensey.
Members of Parliament
|Year||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1832||Hon. Charles Cavendish||Whig||Herbert Barrett Curteis||Whig|
|1846 by-election||Charles Frewen||Conservative|
|March 1857 by-election||Viscount Pevensey||Conservative|
|April 1857||John George Dodson||Whig|
|1865||Lord Edward Cavendish||Liberal|
|1868||George Burrow Gregory||Conservative|
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- "The statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 2 & 3 William IV. Cap. LXIV. An Act to settle and describe the Divisions of Counties, and the Limits of Cities and Boroughs, in England and Wales, in so far as respects the Election of Members to serve in Parliament.". London: His Majesty's statute and law printers. 1832. pp. 300–383. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)
- F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
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