Holborn (UK Parliament constituency)

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Holborn
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851950
Number of members one
Replaced by Holborn and St Pancras South
Created from Finsbury

Holborn was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Holborn district of Central London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Holborn in the Metropolitan area, boundaries 1885-1918
Holborn in the County of London, boundaries 1918-50

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new constituency of Holborn & St Pancras South.

Boundaries[edit]

The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the constituency was to consist of-

1918-1950: The Metropolitan Borough of Holborn.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Francis Duncan Conservative
1888 Gainsford Bruce Conservative
1892 Sir Charles Hall Conservative
1900 Sir James Remnant Conservative
1912 Unionist
1928 Stuart James Bevan Unionist
1935 Sir Robert Tasker Conservative
1945 Max Aitken Conservative
1950 constituency abolished: see Holborn and St Pancras South

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Charles Harrison
General Election 1885: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Francis Duncan 4,047 62.1
Liberal Charles Harrison 2,473 37.9
Majority 1,574 24.2
Turnout 9,802 66.5 n/a
Conservative win (new seat)
Dadabhai Naoroji
General Election 1886: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Francis Duncan 3,651 65.2
Liberal Dadabhai Naoroji 1,950 34.8
Majority 1,701 30.4
Turnout 9,802 57.1
Conservative hold Swing +3.1
Earl Compton
Holborn by-election, 1888
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gainsford Bruce 4,398 56.2
Liberal William Compton 3,433 43.8
Majority 965 12.4
Turnout 11,383 68.8
Conservative hold Swing -9.0

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gainsford Bruce 4,949 66.6
Lib-Lab G. Bateman 2,477 33.4
Majority 2,472 33.2
Turnout 12,214 60.8
Conservative hold Swing +10.4
Holborn by-election, 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Hall unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1895: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Hall unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Holborn by-election, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Remnant unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1900: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Remnant unopposed N/A N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1906: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Remnant 3,881 58.9 N/A
Liberal S. Miall 2,706 41.1 N/A
Majority 1,175 17.8 N/A
Turnout 9,242 71.3 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Remnant 4,847 68.2 +9.3
Liberal Richard Stapley 2,262 31.8 -9.3
Majority 2,585 36.4 +18.6
Turnout 82.6 +11.3
Conservative hold Swing +9.3
Cooke-Taylor
General Election December 1910: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Remnant 4,313 72.8 +4.6
Liberal C. R. Cooke-Taylor 1,615 27.2 -4.6
Majority 2,698 45.6 +9.2
Turnout 68.9 -13.7
Conservative hold Swing +4.6

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1918: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 6,874 86.3
Independent Labour John Hazelwood Worrall 1,091 13.7 N/A
Majority 5,783 72.6
Turnout 20,371 39.1
Unionist hold Swing N/A
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist James Remnant 8,996 70.5
Liberal John Salter Stooke-Vaughan 3,757 29.5 n/a
Majority 5,239 41.0
Turnout 26,991 47.2
Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1923: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist James Remnant 7,892 59.4 -11.1
Liberal John Salter Stooke-Vaughan 3,349 25.2 -4.3
Labour Augustus West 2,044 15.4 n/a
Majority 4,543 34.2 -13.0
Turnout 27,218 48.8 +1.6
Unionist hold Swing -3.4
General Election 1924: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist James Remnant 11,428 75.5
Labour W.W. Messer 3,718 24.5
Majority 7,710 51.0
Turnout 27,490 55.1
Unionist hold Swing +3.5
Holborn by-election, 1928
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Stuart Bevan 6,365 59.7
Labour Percy Allott 2,238 21.0
Liberal Thomas Morton 2,062 19.3
Majority 4,127 38.7
Turnout 27,357 39.0
Unionist hold Swing -6.2
General Election 1929: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Stuart Bevan 10,093 56.8
Labour Fitzroy William Hickinbottom 4,530 25.5
Liberal Thomas Morton 3,150 17.7
Majority 5,563 31.3
Turnout 32,862 54.1
Unionist hold Swing -3.7

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stuart Bevan 16,094 84.7
Labour Fitzroy W. Hickinbottom 2,916 15.3
Majority 13,178 69.4
Turnout 33,543 56.7
Conservative hold Swing +19.1
General Election 1935: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Tasker 11,654 72.9
Labour Richard S. Jeffries 4,325 27.1
Majority 7,329 45.8
Turnout 32,641 49.0
Conservative hold Swing -11.8

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Holborn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Max Aitken 6,061 54.1
Labour Irene Marcouse 5,136 45.9
Majority 925 8.2
Turnout 16,394 68.3
Conservative hold Swing -18.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Sixth Schedule