Heywood and Radcliffe (UK Parliament constituency)

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Heywood and Radcliffe
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members one
Replaced by Heywood and Royton & Bury and Radcliffe
Created from Heywood & Radcliffe-cum-Farnworth

Heywood and Radcliffe was a county constituency centred on the towns of Heywood and Radcliffe in South Lancashire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

Under the Representation of the People Act 1918, the constituency was created by merging the Heywood constituency and part of the Radcliffe-cum-Farnworth constituency for the 1918 general election. It was abolished for the 1950 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Albert Illingworth Coalition Liberal
1921 by-election Walter Halls Labour
1922 Abraham England Liberal
1931 Joseph Jackson Conservative
1935 Richard Porritt Conservative
1940 by-election James Wootton-Davies Conservative
1945 John Whittaker Labour
1946 by-election Anthony Greenwood Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Heywood and Royton & Bury and Radcliffe

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Albert Illingworth
General Election 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal 14,250 67.6 n/a
Labour Horace Nobbs 6,827 32.4 n/a
Majority 7,423 35.2 n/a
Turnout 52.2 n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Heywood and Radcliffe by-election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Halls 13,430 41.7
National Liberal Abraham England 13,125 40.7 n/a
Liberal C Pickstone 5,671 17.6 n/a
Majority 305 1.0
Turnout 80.9
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1922
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Abraham England 19,016 55.4
Labour Walter Halls 15,334 44.6
Majority 3,682 10.8
Turnout 83.8
National Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1923: Heywood and Radcliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Abraham England 17,163 52.9 -2.5
Labour Walter Halls 15,273 47.1 +2.5
Majority 1,890 5.8 -5.0
Turnout 78.3 -5.5
Liberal hold Swing -2.5
General Election 1924
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Constitutionalist Abraham England 19,131 55.6 +2.7
Labour Alexander George Walkden 15,307 44.4 -2.7
Majority 3,824 11.2
Turnout 81.0 +2.7
Constitutionalist hold Swing +2.7
General Election 1929: Heywood and Radcliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Abraham England 22,692 52.2 -3.4
Labour Arthur Creech Jones 20,745 47.8 +3.4
Majority 1,947 4.4 -6.8
Turnout 79.3 -1.7
Liberal hold Swing -3.4

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Joseph Cooksey Jackson 32,429 71.5
Labour James Stott 12,915 28.5
Majority 19,514 43.0
Turnout 80.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Whitaker Porritt 27,226 60.5
Labour T McLean 17,799 39.5
Majority 9,427 21.0
Turnout 78.2
Conservative hold Swing

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

  • Conservative:
  • Labour: A Gaskell
Heywood and Radcliffe by-election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Henry Wootton-Davies unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
General Election 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Edmondson Whittaker 22,601 51.0 n/a
Conservative James Henry Wootton-Davies 21,709 49.0 n/a
Majority 892 2.0 n/a
Turnout 76.4 n/a
Labour gain from Conservative Swing n/a
Heywood and Radcliffe by-election, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur William James Anthony Greenwood 22,238 50.5 -0.5
Conservative A. Jones 21,786 49.5 +0.5
Majority 452 1.0 -1.0
Turnout 75.6 -0.8
Labour hold Swing -0.5

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