Edinburgh North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh North
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlements Edinburgh
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh Leith, Edinburgh East and Edinburgh West[1]

Edinburgh North was a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1983. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

In 1918 the constituency consisted of the "Broughton, Calton, St. Andrew's and St. Stephen's Municipal Wards of Edinburgh."

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member[2] Party
1918 James Avon Clyde Unionist
1920 by-election Patrick Ford Unionist
1923 Peter Raffan Liberal
1924 Sir Patrick Ford Unionist
1935 Alexander Erskine-Hill Unionist
1945 George Willis Labour
1950 James Latham Clyde Unionist
1955 by-election William Milligan Unionist
1960 by-election Lord Dalkeith Unionist
1973 Alexander Fletcher Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Edinburgh North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 11,879 63.0 n/a
Liberal James Johnston 6,986 37.0 n/a
Majority 26.0 n/a
Turnout n/a
Unionist win
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Runciman
Edinburgh North by-election, 1920[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Patrick Johnstone Ford 9,944 44.8 -18.2
Liberal Rt Hon. Walter Runciman 8,469 38.1 +1.1
Labour David Graham Pole 3,808 17.1 n/a
Majority 1,475 6.7 -19.3
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing -9.7
General Election 1922: Edinburgh North [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Patrick Johnstone Ford 14,805 61.8 +17.0
Liberal P. H. Allan 9,165 38.2 +0.1
Majority 5,640 23.6 +16.9
Turnout 23,970
Unionist hold Swing +8.4
General Election 1923: Edinburgh North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Peter Wilson Raffan 13,744 55.7 +17.5
Unionist Patrick Johnstone Ford 10,909 44.3 -17.5
Majority 2,835 11.4 35.0
Turnout 24,653 66.3
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +17.5
General Election 1924: Edinburgh North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Patrick Johnstone Ford 14,461 49.3 +5.0
Labour Eleanor Stewart 8,192 27.9 n/a
Liberal Peter Wilson Raffan 6,669 22.7 -33.0
Majority 6,269 21.4 n/a
Turnout 29,322
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing n/a
General Election 1929: Edinburgh North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Patrick Johnstone Ford 13,993 39.7 -9.6
Labour Eleanor Stewart 11,340 32.2 +4.3
Liberal William Mitchell 9,877 28.1 +5.4
Majority 2,653 7.5 -13.9
Turnout 35,210 73.8
Unionist hold Swing -6.9

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Edinburgh North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Patrick Johnstone Ford 26,361 75.03 +35.00
Labour Robert Gibson 8,771 24.97 -3.1
Majority 17,590 50.07 +42.5
Turnout 35,132 74.38 +0.60
Registered electors 47,234
Unionist hold Swing +19.05
Macmillan
General Election 1935: Edinburgh North[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Alexander Galloway Erskine Erskine-Hill 20,776 66.53 -8.50
Labour Gerald Walker Crawford 8,654 27.71 +2.74
Liberal Chrystal Macmillan 1,798 5.76 N/A
Majority 12,122 38.82 -11.25
Turnout 31,228 66.75 -7.63
Registered electors 46,786
Unionist hold Swing -5.62

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: Edinburgh North[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eustace George Willis 12,825 45.10 +17.39
Unionist Sir Alexander Galloway Erskine Erskine-Hill 12,270 43.14 -23.39
Liberal Charles Hampton Johnston 3,344 11.76 +6.0
Majority 555 1.95 N/A
Turnout 28,439 64.75 -3.00
Registered electors 43,921
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +20.39

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Edinburgh North[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist James Latham McDiarmid Clyde 17,826 51.21 +8.07
Labour Eustace George Willis 13,683 39.31 -5.79
Liberal Iain Padruig Crawford 3,303 9.49 -2.27
Majority 4,143 11.90 N/A
Turnout 34,812 78.71 +13.96
Registered electors 44,226
Unionist gain from Labour Swing +6.93
General Election 1951: Edinburgh North[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist James Latham McDiarmid Clyde 20,836 58.79 +7.58
Labour Eustace George Willis 14,604 41.21 +1.90
Majority 6,232 17.58 +5.68
Turnout 35,440 80.01 +1.30
Registered electors 44,294
Unionist hold Swing +2.84
1955 Edinburgh North by-election[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Rankine Milligan 11,413 59.41 +0.62
Labour G Scott 7,799 40.59 -0.62
Majority 3,614 18.81 +1.23
Turnout 19,212
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1955: Edinburgh North[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Rankine Milligan 20,425 61.73 +2.94
Labour George Scott 12,664 38.27 -2.94
Majority 7,761 23.45 +5.87
Turnout 33,089 72.01 -8.00
Registered electors 45,952
Unionist hold Swing +2.94
General Election 1959: Edinburgh North[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Rankine Milligan 19,991 64.02 +2.29
Labour George Gordon Stott 11,235 35.98 -2.29
Majority 8,756 28.04 +4.59
Turnout 31,226 73.87 +1.86
Registered electors 42,270
Unionist hold Swing +2.29

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Edinburgh North by-election, 1960[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Walter Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott, Lord Dalkeith 12,109 54.20 -9.82
Labour Ronald King Murray 6,775 30.32 -5.66
Liberal R. McPake 3,458 15.50 N/A
Majority 5,334 23.87 -4.17
Turnout 22,342 53.1 -20.8
Unionist hold Swing -2.05
General Election 1964: Edinburgh North[22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Walter Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott, Lord Dalkeith 17,094 58.23 -5.79
Labour Alexander D Reid 12,264 41.77 +5.79
Majority 4,830 16.45 -11.59
Turnout 29,358 73.60 -0.27
Registered electors 39,888
Unionist hold Swing -5.79
General Election 1966: Edinburgh North[24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott, Lord Dalkeith 13,765 50.30 -7.93
Labour Walter S Dalgleish 10,730 39.21 -2.56
Liberal Lawrence W Oliver 2,871 10.49 N/A
Majority 3,035 11.09 -5.36
Turnout 27,366 73.85 +0.25
Registered electors 37,056
Conservative hold Swing -2.69

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Edinburgh North[26][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott, Lord Dalkeith 13,005 52.85 +2.55
Labour Robert Finlayson Cook 9,127 37.09 -2.12
Liberal C Alistair Dow 2,475 10.06 -0.43
Majority 3,878 15.76 +4.67
Turnout 24,607 70.05 -3.80
Registered electors 35,128
Conservative hold Swing +2.34
Edinburgh North by-election, 1973[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alexander MacPherson Fletcher 7,208 38.69 -14.16
Labour Robert Cairns 4,467 23.98 -13.11
SNP William Cuthbertson Wolfe 3,526 19.11 N/A
Liberal Ronald Guild 3,431 18.42 +8.36
Majority 2,741 14.71 -1.05
Turnout 18,632
Conservative hold Swing
General Election, February 1974: Edinburgh North[29][1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alexander MacPhershon Fletcher 16,417 45.78 -7.07
Labour Robert Cairns 9,404 26.23 -10.86
Liberal Ronald Harrower Guild 5,487 15.30 +5.24
SNP James Lynch 4,550 12.69 N/A
Majority 7,013 19.56 +3.80
Turnout 35,858 76.40 +6.35
Registered electors 46,936
Conservative hold Swing +1.90
General Election, October 1974: Edinburgh North[30][1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alexander MacPhershon Fletcher 12,856 39.34 -6.44
Labour Martin John O'Neill 8,465 25.90 -0.32
SNP James Lynch 7,681 23.50 +10.82
Liberal Murdoch MacDonald 3,677 11.25 -4.05
Majority 4,391 13.44 -6.12
Turnout 32,679 69.21 -7.19
Registered electors 47,215
Conservative hold Swing -3.06
General Election, 1979: Edinburgh North[31][1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alexander MacPhershon Fletcher 14,170 43.59 +4.25
Labour Neil Lindsay 9,773 30.06 +4.16
Liberal Ronald Harrower Guild 5,045 15.52 +4.27
SNP Donald Neil MacCormick 3,521 10.83 -12.67
Majority 4,397 13.53 +0.09
Turnout 32,509 71.76 +2.55
Registered electors 45,303
Conservative hold Swing +0.04

References[edit]

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