Hamilton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hamilton
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
19181997
Number of members One
Replaced by Hamilton North & Bellshill
Hamilton South
Created from Lanarkshire

Hamilton was a burgh constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was formed by the division of Lanarkshire constituency. The constituency was split in 1997 to form Hamilton North & Bellshill and Hamilton South.

Boundaries[edit]

From 1918 the constituency consisted of "The burgh of Hamilton and the part of the Middle Ward County District which is contained within the extraburghal portion of the parish of Hamilton and the parish of Dalserf."

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party Notes
1918 Duncan Graham Labour died 1942
1943 by-election Tom Fraser Labour resigned 1967
1967 by-election Winnie Ewing SNP
1970 Alex Wilson Labour died 1978
1978 by-election George Robertson Labour
1997 constituency abolished: see Hamilton North and Bellshill & Hamilton South

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Hamilton [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Duncan Graham 6,988 42.1 n/a
Unionist Henry Keith 4,819 29.0 n/a
National Democratic David Gilmour 4,297 25.9 n/a
Liberal John Howard Whitehouse 504 3.0 n/a
Majority n/a
Turnout n/a
Labour win

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Hamilton [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Duncan Graham 12,365 57.8 +15.7
Unionist Henry Keith 9,089 42.4 +13.4
Majority 3,276 15.2 +2.3
Turnout 78.3
Labour hold Swing +1.1
Helen Fraser
General Election 1923: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Duncan Graham 11,858 58.4 +0.8
Liberal Helen Fraser 8,436 41.6 n/a
Majority 3,422 16.8 +1.6
Turnout 73.5 -4.8
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1924: Hamilton[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Duncan Graham 13,003 60.8 +2.4
Unionist Andrew Dewar Gibb 8,372 39.2 n/a
Majority 4,631 21.6 +4.8
Turnout 76.5 +3.0
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1929: Hamilton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Duncan Graham 16,595 67.1 +6.3
Unionist Robert McLellan 7,752 31.3 -7.9
Communist Frank Moore 395 1.6 n/a
Majority 8,843 35.8 +14.2
Turnout 72.2 -4.3
Labour hold Swing +7.1

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Hamilton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Duncan Graham 14,233 53.89
Unionist Robert Henry Sherwood Calver 12,180 46.11
Majority 2,053 7.78
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Hamilton [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Duncan Graham 17,049 65.74
Unionist Robert Henry Sherwood Calver 8,884 34.26
Majority 8,165 31.48
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Hamilton by-election, 1943 [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Fraser 10,725 81.08
Independent James Letham 2,503 18.92 n/a
Majority 8,222 7.78
Labour hold Swing
Turnout
General Election 1945: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Fraser 20,015 73.47
Unionist John Ursel Baillie 7,226 26.53
Majority 12,789 46.95
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Fraser 29,292 70.00
Unionist Robert C M Monteith 12,555 30.00
Majority 16,737 40.00
Turnout 81.66
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Fraser 28,591 68.72
Unionist Robert C M Monteith 13,015 31.28
Majority 15,576 37.44
Turnout 80.62
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Fraser 26,187 67.41
Unionist Geoffrey L Dalzell-Payne 12,661 32.59
Majority 13,526 34.82
Turnout 76.07
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Fraser 27,423 66.05
Unionist Geoffrey L Dalzell-Payne 11,510 27.72
SNP David Robert Rollo 2,586 6.23
Majority 15,913 38.33
Turnout 79.85
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Fraser 28,964 71.04
Unionist Iain Docherty 11,806 28.96
Majority 17,158 42.08
Turnout 77.53
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Fraser 27,865 71.17
Conservative Iain J A Dyer 11,806 28.83
Majority 16,576 42.34
Turnout 73.33
Labour hold Swing
Hamilton by-election, 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Winifred Ewing 18,397 46.01 +46.01
Labour Alexander Wilson 16,598 41.51 -29.66
Conservative Iain J A Dyer 4,986 12.47 -16.36
Majority 1,779 4.45
Turnout 39,981
SNP gain from Labour Swing 37.9

Elections of the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alexander Wilson 25,431 52.95 -18.22
SNP Winnie Ewing 16,849 35.08 N/A
Conservative J Ross Harper 5,455 11.36 -17.47
Independent Scottish Labour Harry Taylor 295 0.61 N/A
Majority 8,582 17.87 -24.47
Turnout 41,299 79.6 −0.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alexander Wilson 19,070 48.0
SNP Ian Macdonald 12,692 31.9 +9.6
Conservative James Douglas-Hamilton 7,977 20.1 −5.2
Majority 6,378 16.1 N/A
Turnout 42,610 79.7 N/A
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alexander Wilson 18,487 47.6 −0.1
SNP Ian Macdonald 15,155 39.0 +9.6
Conservative Gerald Warner 3,682 9.5 −5.2
Liberal John MacKenzie Calder 1,559 4.0 +4.0
Majority 3,332 8.6
Turnout 44,152 77.2 +2.8
Labour hold Swing
By-election 1978: Hamilton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Robertson 18,880 51.0 +3.4
SNP Margo MacDonald 12,388 33.4 −5.6
Conservative Alexander Scrymgeour 4,818 13.0 +3.5
Liberal Frederick McDermid 949 2.6 −1.4
Majority 7,570 20.4
Turnout 37,035 37.0 −40.2
Labour hold Swing +4.5
General Election 1979: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Robertson 24,593 59.7 +12.1
Conservative Peter Sinclair Davidson 9,794 23.8 +14.3
SNP Charles Stoddart 6,842 16.6 −13.5
Majority 14,799 35.9
Turnout 41,299 79.6 −0.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections of the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Robertson 24,384 52.4 −7.6
Liberal Stewart Donaldson 9,635 20.2 +9.2
Conservative Margaret Scott 8,940 19.2 −0.5
SNP Mairi Whitehead 3,816 8.2 −1.0
Majority 15,019 32.2
Turnout 46,775 75.7 +0.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1987: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Robertson 28,563 59.7 +7.3
Conservative Gary Mond 6,901 14.4 −4.8
Liberal Timothy McKay 7,302 13.2 −7.0
SNP Christopher Crossley 6,093 12.7 +4.5
Majority 21,662 45.3
Turnout 48,859 76.9 +1.2
Labour hold Swing +8.0

Elections of the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Hamilton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Robertson 25,849 55.2 −4.5
SNP Bill Morrison 9,246 19.7 +7.0
Conservative Margaret Mitchell 8,250 17.6 +3.2
Liberal Democrat John Oswald 3,515 7.5 −5.7
Majority 16,603 35.5
Turnout 46,860 76.2 −1.4
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  3. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  4. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  5. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  8. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
  9. ^ 1978 By Elections, British Parliamentary By Elections