Islington West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Islington West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851950
Number of members one
Replaced by Islington South West
Created from Finsbury

Islington West was a borough constituency in the Metropolitan Borough of Islington, in North London.

It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 until it was abolished for the 1950 general election. Elections were held using the first past the post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

Islington West in London 1885-1918
Islington West in London 1918-50
Islington Met. B Ward Map 1916.svg

1918-1950: The Metropolitan Borough of Islington wards of Lower Holloway and Thornhill.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Richard Chamberlain Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 Thomas Lough Liberal
1918 Sir George Samuel Elliott Unionist
1922 James Despencer-Robertson Unionist
1923 Frederick Montague Labour
1931 Patrick Donner Conservative
1935 Frederick Montague Labour
1947 Albert Evans Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Islington South West

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Islington West [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Chamberlain 3,470 n/a
Conservative Dr G Danford Thomas 2,256 n/a
Majority 1,214 n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Islington West [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Unionist Richard Chamberlain 2,793 n/a
Liberal W A Macdonald 1,501
Majority 1,292
Turnout
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Thomas Lough
General Election 1892: Islington West [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Lough 3,385
Liberal Unionist Richard Chamberlain 2,655
Majority 730
Turnout
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing
General Election 1895: Islington West [4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Lough 3,494
Liberal Unionist George Barham 3,031
Majority 463
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Islington West [6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Lough 3,178
Liberal Unionist F H Medhurst 3,159
Majority 19
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Thomas Lough
General Election 1906: Islington West [8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Lough 4,116
Liberal Unionist F H Medhurst 3,618
Majority 498
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Islington West [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Thomas Lough 3,768
Liberal Unionist Savile Crossley 3,514
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
William Black
General Election December 1910: Islington West [11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Lough 3,549 54.3
Liberal Unionist William George Black 2,985 45.7
Majority 564 8.6
Turnout 76.5
Liberal hold Swing

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: Islington West [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 4,996 45.4
Liberal Thomas Lough 2,616 23.7
Labour John Thomas Sheppard 2,300 20.9 n/a
NFDDSS Ernest Miles Taylor 1,105 10.0 n/a
Majority 2,380 21.7
Turnout 42.1
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Islington West [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist James Despencer-Robertson 7,335 38.9
Liberal Cllr. Henry Mills 6,643 35.3
Labour W J Lewington 4,856 25.8
Majority 592 3.6
Turnout 57.5
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Islington West [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Montague 7,955 41.4 +15.6
Unionist James Despencer-Robertson 5,829 30.3 -8.6
Liberal Joseph William Molden 5,443 28.3 -7.0
Majority 2,126 11.1 14.7
Turnout 57.7 +0.2
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +12.1
General Election 1924: Islington West [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Montague 10,174 45.3
Unionist James Despencer-Robertson 9,499 42.3
Liberal Joseph William Molden 2,780 12.4
Majority 675 3.0
Turnout 67.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1929: Islington West [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Montague 13,768 55.2 +9.9
Unionist James Despencer-Robertson 6,921 27.7 -14.6
Liberal David Eifion Puleston Evans 4,267 17.1 +4.7
Majority 6,847 27.5 +24.5
Turnout 60.2 -7.0
Labour hold Swing +12.2

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Islington West [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick William Donner 14,487 59.22
Labour Frederick Montague 9,977 40.78
Majority 4,510 18.44
Turnout 58.00
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Islington West [19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Montague 11,340 55.00
Conservative Viscount Duncannon 9,280 45.00
Majority 2,060 9.99
Turnout 52.63
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

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 and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Islington West [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Montague 11,496 73.8 +18.8
Conservative E.T. Hope 4,090 26.2 -18.8
Majority 7,406 47.6
Turnout 25,926 60.1 +7.5
Labour hold Swing +18.8
Islington West by-election, 1947
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Albert Evans 8,760 57.2 -16.6
Conservative Tom Forrest Howard 4,084 26.6 +0.4
Liberal Edwin Thomas Malindine 2,459 16.0 N/A
Independent L.J. Wildman 33 0.2 N/A
Majority 4,676 30.6
Turnout 29,859 51.4 -8.7
Labour hold Swing -8.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  2. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  3. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  4. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  5. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  9. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  10. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  12. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  14. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  15. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  16. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  17. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  18. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  19. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  20. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  21. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  22. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig