East Worcestershire (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Worcestershire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18321918
Number of members 1832–1885: two;
1885–1918: one
Replaced by Kidderminster and Birmingham King's Norton

East Worcestershire was a county constituency in the county of Worcestershire, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It was created by the Reform Act 1832 for the 1832 general election, and elected two Members of Parliament (MPs), by the bloc vote system. Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, its representation was reduced to one MP for the 1885 general election, elected by the first past the post voting system. The constituency was abolished for the 1918 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1832-1885: The Petty Sessional Divisions of Stourbridge, Dudley, Droitwich, Northfield, Blockley and Pershore, and the Borough of Evesham.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1832–1885[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 William Congreve Russell Liberal Thomas Cookes Liberal
1835 Edward Holland Liberal
1837 Sir Horace St Paul, Bt Conservative John Barneby Conservative Party
1841 James Arthur Taylor Conservative Party
Jan. 1847 by-election George Rushout-Bowes Conservative
Jul. 1847 John Hodgetts-Foley Liberal
1859 Hon. Frederick Gough-Calthorpe Liberal
1861 by-election Harry Vernon Liberal
Jun. 1868 by-election Hon. Charles Lyttelton Liberal
Nov 1868 Richard Amphlett Conservative
1874 Henry Allsopp Conservative Thomas Eades Walker Conservative
1880 William Henry Gladstone Liberal George Hastings Liberal
1885 representation reduced to one member

MPs 1885–1918[edit]

Year Member Party
1885 George Hastings Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 Austen Chamberlain Liberal Unionist
1912 Unionist
1914 Frederick Leverton Harris Unionist
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Decades:

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Hastings
General Election 1880: East Worcestershire (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Henry Gladstone 4,879 26.5
Liberal George Hastings 4,833 26.3
Conservative Richard Temple 4,417 24.0
Conservative Henry Allsopp 4,258 23.2
Majority 416 2.3 N/A
Turnout 9,194 (est) 76.6 (est)
Registered electors 12,000
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1885: East Worcestershire [3][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal George Hastings 3,685 53.6 +0.8
Conservative Frederick Albert Bosanquet 3,194 46.4 −0.8
Majority 491 7.2 +4.9
Turnout 6,879 84.0 +7.4 (est)
Registered electors 8,187
Liberal hold Swing +0.8
General Election 1886: East Worcestershire [3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist George Hastings Unopposed
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Hastings was expelled from the House of Commons, causing a by-election.

Chamberlain
By-election, 30 Mar 1892: East Worcestershire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Austen Chamberlain Unopposed
Liberal Unionist hold
General Election 1892: East Worcestershire [3][4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Austen Chamberlain 5,111 67.0 N/A
Liberal Oscar Browning 2,517 33.0 N/A
Majority 2,594 34.0 N/A
Turnout 7,628 77.6 N/A
Registered electors 9,827
Liberal Unionist hold
General Election 1895: East Worcestershire [3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Austen Chamberlain Unopposed
Liberal Unionist hold

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: East Worcestershire [3][4][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Austen Chamberlain Unopposed
Liberal Unionist hold
East Worcestershire by-election, 1902[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Austen Chamberlain Unopposed
Liberal Unionist hold
Chamberlain
General Election 1906: East Worcestershire [3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Austen Chamberlain 10,129 63.7 N/A
Liberal John Morgan 5,763 36.3 N/A
Majority 4,366 27.4 N/A
Turnout 15,892 84.7 N/A
Registered electors 18,769
Liberal Unionist hold

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Young
General Election January 1910: East Worcestershire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Austen Chamberlain 12,644 64.5 +0.8
Liberal Hilton Young 6,955 35.5 -0.8
Majority 5,689 29.0 +1.6
Turnout 84.2 -0.5
Liberal Unionist hold Swing +0.8
General Election December 1910: East Worcestershire [3][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Austen Chamberlain Unopposed
Liberal Unionist hold
East Worcestershire by-election, 1914
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Frederick Leverton Harris Unopposed
Unionist hold

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 and by July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. pp. 484–485. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. p. 421. ISBN 9781349022984. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  5. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
  6. ^ Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984. 
  7. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916