Galloway (UK Parliament constituency)

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Galloway
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Created from Dumfries Burghs, Kirkcudbright Stewartry and Wigtownshire

Galloway was a county constituency in the Galloway area of Scotland. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, by the first past the post voting system.

It was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election, when it was partly replaced by the new Galloway and Upper Nithsdale constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Gilbert McMicking Coalition Liberal
1922 Cecil Randolph Dudgeon Liberal
1924 Sir Arthur Henniker-Hughan, Bt. Unionist
1925 by-election Sidney Richard Streatfeild Unionist
1929 Cecil Randolph Dudgeon Liberal
1931 New Party
1931 John Mackie Unionist
1959 John Brewis Unionist
Oct 1974 George Thompson SNP
1979 Ian Lang Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

G. McMicking
General Election 1918: Galloway [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal win
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Galloway [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Cecil Dudgeon 12,406 54.0 N/A
Unionist William Watson 10,557 46.0 N/A
Majority 1,849 8.0 N/A
Turnout 77.5 N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General Election 1923: Galloway [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Cecil Dudgeon unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General Election 1924: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Arthur Henniker-Hughan 12,268 53.1 N/A
Liberal Cecil Dudgeon 10,852 46.9 N/A
Majority 1,416 6.2 N/A
Turnout 76.8 N/A
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Galloway by-election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sidney Streatfeild 10,846 43.5 −9.6
Liberal Cecil Dudgeon 9,918 39.7 −9.2
Labour J. Mitchell 4,207 16.8 N/A
Majority 928 3.8 −2.4
Turnout 83.3 +6.5
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929: Galloway[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Cecil Dudgeon 13,461 42.4 +2.7
Unionist Sidney Streatfeild 13,360 42.1 -1.4
Labour Hector McNeill 4,903 15.5 -1.3
Majority 101 0.3 4.1
Turnout 80.1 -3.2
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Galloway[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist John Mackie 18,993 58.3
Liberal Edward Maitland Campbell 9,176 28.2
Labour Hector McNeil 3,418 10.5
New Party Cecil Dudgeon 986 3.0 n/a
Unionist gain from New Party Swing +2.1
General Election 1935: Galloway [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist John Mackie unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a

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: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Unionist John Mackie 13,647 40.74
Labour Robert N Hales 11,822 35.29
Unionist B Fergusson 8,032 23.98
Majority 1,825 5.45
Turnout 70.07
Independent Unionist gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist John Mackie 19,136 65.55
Labour Alan Thompson 10,056 34.45
Majority 9,080 31.10 -
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1951: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist John Mackie 16,261 61.63
Labour Alan Thompson 6,949 26.34
Liberal Robert Tordiff Johnston 3,174 12.03
Majority 9,312 35.29 -
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1955: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist John Mackie 15,893 66.86
Labour William S Gray 7,879 33.14
Majority 8,014 33.71 -
Unionist hold Swing
Galloway by-election, 1959
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist John Brewis 13,204 49.93 -16.41
Liberal Simon Mackay 6,721 25.42 N/A
Labour W Cross 6,520 24.65 -9.26
Majority 6,483
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1959: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist John Brewis 15,454 56.29
Liberal Simon Mackay 6,412 23.35
Labour James Pickett 5,590 20.36
Majority 9,042 32.93 -
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist John Brewis 14,530 52.74
Liberal Simon Mackay 6,619 24.03
Labour JP Gordon 6,401 23.23
Majority 7,911 28.72 -
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1966: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Brewis 15,137 61.99
Labour D Douglas 9,283 38.01
Majority 5,854 23.97
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Brewis 14,003 50.28
SNP Arthur Donaldson 5,723 20.55
Labour D Douglas 5,665 20.34
Liberal CBH Scott 2,461 8.84
Majority 8,280 29.73 -
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Brewis 13,316 43.86
SNP George Thompson 9,308 30.66
Labour DR Hannay 4,643 15.29
Liberal H Chalmers 3,091 10.18
Majority 4,008 13.20 -
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP George Thompson 12,242 40.30
Conservative Kenneth Alexander Ross 12,212 40.20
Liberal DR Hannay 3,181 10.47
Labour TG Fulton 2,742 9.03
Majority 30 0.10 -
SNP gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1979: Galloway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Lang 15,306 45.85
SNP George Thompson 12,384 37.10
Liberal DR Hannay 2,852 8.54
Labour DD Johnston 2,841 8.51
Majority 2,922 8.75 -
Conservative gain from SNP Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  2. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  3. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  4. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939