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 the Metropolitan area 1885-1918
Islington West in the Parliamentary County of London 1918-50
Islington Metropolitan Borough wards in 1916

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 Conservative
1922 James Despencer-Robertson Conservative
1923 Frederick Montague, later Baron Amwell Labour
1931 Patrick William Donner Conservative
1935 Frederick Montague, later Baron Amwell Labour
1947 Albert Evans Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Islington South West

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

William Black
Thomas Lough
General Election December 1910 Islington West [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Thomas Lough 3,549 54.3
Liberal Unionist William George Black 2,985 45.7
Majority 564 8.6
Turnout 6,534 76.5
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1918: Islington West [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist 4,996 45.4
Liberal Rt Hon. Thomas Lough 2,616 23.7
Labour John Thomas Sheppard 2,300 20.9 n/a
Independent 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 [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist James Archibald St George Fitzwarenne-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 [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Montague 7,955 41.4 +15.6
Unionist James Archibald St George Fitzwarenne-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 [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Montague 10,174 45.3
Unionist James Archibald St George Fitzwarenne-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 [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Montague 13,768 55.2 +9.9
Unionist James Archibald St George Fitzwarenne-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 [7]
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 [8]
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 [11]
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. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  9. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  10. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig