Horncastle (UK Parliament constituency)

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Horncastle
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851983
Number of members one
Replaced by East Lindsey & Gainsborough and Horncastle
Created from Mid Lincolnshire

Horncastle was a county constituency in Lincolnshire which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. MPs were elected by the first past the post system of voting.

The constituency was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and first used for the 1885 general election. It was abolished for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: The Sessional Division of Spilsby, and parts of the Sessional Divisions of Alford and Horncastle.

1918-1950: The Urban Districts of Alford, Horncastle, Skegness, and Woodhall Spa, and the Rural Districts of Horncastle, Sibsey, and Spilsby.

1950-1983: The Urban Districts of Alford, Horncastle, Mablethorpe and Sutton, Skegness, and Woodhall Spa, and the Rural Districts of Horncastle and Spilsby.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Edward Stanhope Conservative
1894 by-election Lord Willoughby de Eresby Conservative
1911 by-election Archibald Weigall Conservative
1920 by-election Stafford Hotchkin Coalition Conservative
1922 Samuel Pattinson Liberal
1924 Henry Haslam Conservative
1945 Sir John Maitland Conservative
1966 Peter Tapsell Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

E. Stanhope
General Election 1885: Horncastle[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rt Hon. Edward Stanhope 4,824 54.9 n/a
Liberal Thomas Threlfall 3,959 45.1 n/a
Majority 865 9.8 n/a
Turnout 88.4 n/a
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Horncastle[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rt Hon. Edward Stanhope unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Horncastle by-election, 1886[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rt Hon. Edward Stanhope unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Horncastle[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rt Hon. Edward Stanhope 4,438 54.5 n/a
Liberal F Otter 3,700 45.5 n/a
Majority 738 9.0 n/a
Turnout 85.2 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Lord Willoughby
Horncastle by-election, 1894[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lord Willoughby de Eresby 4,582 55.0 +0.5
Liberal H. J. Torr 3,744 45.0 -0.5
Majority 838 10.0 +1.0
Turnout 87.4 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.5
General Election 1895: Horncastle [7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lord Willoughby de Eresby 4,563
Liberal John Bruce Wallace 3,022
Majority 1,541
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Horncastle[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lord Willoughby de Eresby 4,302 59.2
Liberal T Wallis 2,962 40.8
Majority 1,340 18.4
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1906: Horncastle[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lord Willoughby de Eresby 4,250 50.9 -8.3
Liberal A Adams 4,100 49.1 +8.3
Majority 150 1.8 -16.6
Turnout 86.6
Conservative hold Swing -8.3

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Horncastle[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lord Willoughby de Eresby 5,162 54.6 +3.7
Liberal Charles Augustus Vansittart Conybeare 4,292 45.4 -3.7
Majority 870 9.2 +7.4
Turnout 90.0 +3.4
Conservative hold Swing +3.7
General Election December 1910: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lord Willoughby de Eresby 4,705 52.9 -1.6
Liberal Frederick Caesar Linfield 4,181 47.1 +1.6
Majority 524 5.8
Turnout 86.0 -4.0
Conservative hold Swing -1.6
Horncastle by-election, 1911
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ernest George Archibald Weigall 4,955 50.5 -2.4
Liberal Frederick Caesar Linfield 4,848 49.5 +2.4
Majority 107 1.0 -4.8
Turnout 90.7 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing -2.4
William Weigall
General Election 1918: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 8,826
Liberal Samuel Pattinson 7,433
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Horncastle by-election, 1920[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 8,140 44.5
Liberal Samuel Pattinson 6,727 36.7
Labour William Holmes 3,443 18.8 n/a
Majority 1,413 7.8
Unionist hold Swing
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government
General Election 1922: Horncastle [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Samuel Pattinson 10,797 54.1 +17.4
Unionist Lord Fermoy 9,158 45.9 +1.4
Majority 1,639 8.2 16.0
Turnout 19,955
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +8.0
General Election 1923: Horncastle [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Samuel Pattinson 10,954 54.5 +0.4
Unionist Sir John Philip Du Cane 9,135 45.5 -0.4
Majority 1,819 9.0 +0.8
Turnout 20,089
Liberal hold Swing +0.4
General Election 1924: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Henry Cobden Haslam 10,912 52.8 +7.3
Liberal Samuel Pattinson 9,743 47.2 -7.3
Majority 1,169 5.6 14.6
Turnout 20,655 81.7
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +7.3
General Election 1929: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Henry Cobden Haslam 12,837 48.1 -4.7
Liberal Frederick Caesar Linfield 10,168 38.1 -9.1
Labour J. R. Sanderson 3,683 13.8 n/a
Majority 2,669 10.0 +4.4
Turnout 26,688
Unionist hold Swing +2.2

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Cobden Haslam 18,100 67.3 +19.2
Liberal George Hery John Dutton 8,788 32.7 -5.4
Majority 9,312 34.6 +24.6
Turnout 70.3
Conservative hold Swing +12.3
General Election 1935: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dr Henry Cobden Haslam 17,594 68.79
Labour Frank J Knowles 7,982 31.21 n/a
Majority 9,612 37.58
Turnout 69.40
Conservative 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: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Francis Whitaker Maitland 14,019 53.10
Labour George Holderness 7,055 26.72
Liberal Frank Emerson 5,329 20.18 n/a
Majority 6,964 26.38
Turnout 70.45
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Francis Whitaker Maitland 22,329 65.67
Labour Francis H Clark 11,671 34.33
Majority 10,658 31.35
Turnout 78.73
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Francis Whitaker Maitland 22,043 66.42
Labour Francis H Clark 11,143 33.58
Majority 10,900 32.85
Turnout 76.67
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Francis Whitaker Maitland 20,392 66.83
Labour Wilfrid Pashby 10,122 33.17
Majority 10,270 33.66
Turnout 71.01
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Francis Whitaker Maitland 19,799 66.60
Labour Hugh W Peck 9,928 33.40
Majority 9,871 33.21
Turnout 70.34
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Francis Whitaker Maitland 15,854 49.59
Labour Robin Brumby 8,069 25.24
Liberal T Frank Smith 8,044 25.16
Majority 7,785 24.35
Turnout 74.73
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hannay Bailey Tapsell 15,090 46.64
Labour Robert NH Sackur 9,715 30.02
Liberal T Frank Smith 7,552 23.34
Majority 5,375 16.61
Turnout 81.10
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hannay Bailey Tapsell 19,299 55.35
Labour Eric A Skinns 8,860 25.41
Liberal Roger S Miller 6,707 19.24
Majority 10,439 29.94
Turnout 74.20
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hannay Bailey Tapsell 19,344 49.53
Liberal Roger S Miller 12,555 32.15
Labour AJR Berry 6,791 17.39
Independent Democratic Alliance EP Iszatt 367 0.94
Majority 6,789 17.38
Turnout 79.33
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hannay Bailey Tapsell 16,750 47.71
Liberal MJC Starky 11,506 32.78
Labour K Bratton 6,849 19.51
Majority 5,244 14.94
Turnout 70.74
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1979: Horncastle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hannay Bailey Tapsell 21,362 55.12
Liberal MJC Starky 10,833 27.95
Labour DP Collins 6,240 16.10
National Front M Hook 319 0.82
Majority 10,529 27.17
Turnout 75.21
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  7. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  8. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  12. ^ The Times, 10 March 1920 & Cook and Ramsden, op cit, p271
  13. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1931
  14. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1931