Flintshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Flintshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Preserved county Flintshire
1542–1950
Number of members One
Replaced by East Flintshire and West Flintshire

Flintshire was a parliamentary constituency in North-East Wales which generally returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons, latterly that of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, from 1542 until it was abolished for the 1950 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

From its creation in 1542 until 1918, the constituency consisted of the historic county of Flintshire in north-east Wales. The seat should not be confused with the borough constituency of Flint or that of Flint Boroughs, which together existed from the 16th century until 1918.

In 1889 an administrative county of Flintshire was created. This formed the basis of the constituency which existed from 1918 until 1950, when the county was split between East and West divisions.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Before 1604[edit]

Parliament Member
1545 Peter Mostyn [1]
1547 George Wood [1]
1553 (Mar) Sir Thomas Hanmer [1]
1553 (Oct) Robert Massey [1]
1554 (Apr) William Mostyn [1]
1554 (Nov) William Mostyn [1]
1555 Robert Massey [1]
1558 John Conway [1]
1559 John Griffith[2]
1562/3 George Ravenscroft [2]
1571 John Griffith [2]
1572 William Mostyn, died
and replaced Feb 1577 by
Thomas Mostyn [2]
1584 John Hope [2]
1586 William Ravenscroft [2]
1588 Roger Puleston [2]
1593 Thomas Hanmer [2]
1597 William Ravenscroft [2]
1601 William Ravenscroft [2]

1604–1950[edit]

Year Member
1604 Roger Puleston
1614 Robert Ravenscroft
1621 Sir Roger Mostyn
1624 Sir John Hanmer, 1st Baronet died
and replaced 1624 by
Sir John Trevor
1625 Sir John Trevor
1626 John Salusbury
1628 Robert Jones
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned
1640 John Mostyn
1640 John Mostyn, disabled[clarification needed] 1643
1646 John Trevor
1653 Flintshire not represented in Barebones Parliament
Year First Member Second Member
Two members in first and second Protectorate Parliaments
1654 John Trevor Andrew Ellice
1656 John Trevor Sir John Glynne
Year Name Party
1659 John Trevor
1660 Kenrick Eyton
1661 Sir Henry Conway
1669 Sir Thomas Hanmer
1678 Mutton Davies
1681 Sir John Hanmer, 3rd Baronet
1685 Sir John Conway
1689 Sir Roger Puleston Whig
1695 Sir John Conway Tory
1701 Sir Roger Mostyn Tory
1702 Sir Thomas Hanmer Tory
1705 Sir John Conway Tory
1708 Sir Roger Mostyn Tory
1713 Sir John Conway Tory
1715 Sir Roger Mostyn
1734 Sir Thomas Mostyn, 4th Baronet
1741 Sir John Glynne
1747 Sir Thomas Mostyn, 4th Baronet
1758 Sir Roger Mostyn
1796 Sir Thomas Mostyn
1797 John Lloyd
1799 Sir Thomas Mostyn
1831 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1832 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1837 Sir Stephen Glynne Conservative
1841 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1842 Sir Stephen Glynne Conservative
1847 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1854 Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1861 Lord Richard Grosvenor Liberal
1886 Samuel Smith Liberal
1906 Herbert Lewis Liberal
1918 Thomas Henry Parry Liberal
1924 Ernest Roberts Conservative
1929 Frederick Llewellyn-Jones Liberal
1931 Liberal National
1932 Liberal
1935 Gwilym Rowlands Conservative
1945 Nigel Birch Conservative
Constituency divided into East and West Flintshire in 1950

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Flintshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor Unopposed
Registered electors 4,794
Liberal hold
General Election 1885: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Grosvenor 4,758 60.3 N/A
Conservative Henry Lloyd-Mostyn 3,132 39.7 N/A
Majority 1,626 20.6 N/A
Turnout 7,890 78.3 N/A
Registered electors 10,081
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Grosvenor's resignation caused a by-election.

Samuel Smith
By-election, 2 Mar 1886: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,248 60.8 +0.5
Conservative Philip Pennant Pennant[5] 2,738 39.2 -0.5
Majority 1,510 21.6 +1.0
Turnout 6,986 69.3 −9.0
Registered electors 10,081
Liberal hold Swing +0.5
General Election 1886: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Samuel Smith Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Robert Cunliffe
General Election 1892: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,597 59.4 N/A
Liberal Unionist Robert Cunliffe 3,145 40.6 N/A
Majority 1,452 18.8 N/A
Turnout 7,742 76.8 N/A
Registered electors 10,075
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General Election 1895: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,376 52.7 -6.7
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard 3,925 47.3 +6.7
Majority 451 5.4 -13.4
Turnout 8,301 78.4 +1.6
Registered electors 10,592
Liberal hold Swing -6.7

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Smith
General Election 1900: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,528 53.6 +0.9
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard 3,922 46.4 −0.9
Majority 606 7.2 +1.8
Turnout 8,450 78.4 +0.0
Registered electors 10,774
Liberal hold Swing +0.9
Herbert Lewis
General Election 1906: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Herbert Lewis 6,294 63.8 +10.2
Conservative A. Harold Edwards 3,572 36.2 −10.2
Majority 2,722 27.6 +20.4
Turnout 9,866 83.0 +4.6
Registered electors 11,892
Liberal hold Swing +10.2

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Herbert Lewis 6,610 59.7 -4.1
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard 4,454 40.3 +4.1
Majority 2,156 19.4 -8.2
Turnout 11,064 86.6 +3.6
Registered electors 12,774
Liberal hold Swing -4.1
General Election December 1910: Flintshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Herbert Lewis Unopposed
Liberal hold

General Election 1914/15: Another General Election was due to take place before the end of 1915. From 1914, the parties had been making preparations for an election, and by the end of that year, the following candidates had been selected:

The constituency was then merged with Flint Boroughs.

Thomas Parry
General Election 1918: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal Thomas Henry Parry Unopposed
Liberal hold
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Flintshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 16,854 44.2 n/a
Unionist Austin Ellis Lloyd Jones 15,080 39.6 n/a
Labour David Gwynfryn Jones 6,163 16.2 n/a
Majority 1,774 4.6 n/a
Turnout 79.4 n/a
National Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 19,609 56.8 +12.6
Unionist Ernest Roberts 14,926 43.2 +3.6
Majority 4,683 13.6 +9.0
Turnout 69.4 -10.0
Liberal hold Swing +4.5
General Election 1924: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Ernest Roberts 19,054 46.4 +3.2
Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 14,169 34.5 -22.3
Labour David Gwynfryn Jones 7,821 19.1 n/a
Majority 4,885 11.9 25.5
Turnout 80.2 +10.8
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +12.7
General Election 1929: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Frederick Llewellyn-Jones 24,012 43.0 +8.5
Unionist Ernest Roberts 19,536 35.0 -11.4
Labour Cyril O Jones 12,310 22.0 +2.9
Majority 4,476 8.0 19.9
Turnout 81.3 +1.1
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +10.0

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Frederick Llewellyn-Jones 40,405 71.4
Labour F Edwards 16,158 28.6
Majority 24,247 42.8
Turnout 77.9
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 1935: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gwilym Rowlands 26,644 44.9 n/a
Liberal John Emlyn-Jones 16,536 27.9
Labour Cyril O Jones 16,131 27.2
Majority 10,108 17.0
Turnout 76.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was due to take place before the end of 1940. From 1939 the parties had been preparing for an election, and by the end of that year, the following candidates had been selected:

General Election 1945: Flintshire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nigel Birch 27,800 38.8
Labour Eirene Lloyd Jones 26,761 37.4
Liberal John William Hughes 17,007 23.8
Majority 1,039 1.5
Turnout 71,568 76.7
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ "The General Election". The Morning Post. 25 Nov 1885. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ Cheshire Observer 1 Aug 1914
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  8. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  9. ^ [1] Political resources.net

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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