King's Lynn (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||one|
|Replaced by||North West Norfolk|
|Number of members||two (1298–1885), one (1885–1918)|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
King's Lynn was a constituency in Norfolk, known as Lynn or Bishop's Lynn prior to 1537, which returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1885, and one member thereafter. Until 1918 it was a parliamentary borough, after which the name was transferred to a county constituency. It was abolished for the February 1974 general election.
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Elections
- 4 References
1918-1950: The Municipal Borough of King's Lynn, the Urban Districts of New Hunstanton and Walsoken, the Rural Districts of Docking, Freebridge Lynn, King's Lynn, and Marshland (except the civil parishes of Outwell and Upwell), and in the Rural District of Downham the civil parishes of Wiggenhall St Germans, Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin, Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, and Wiggenhall St Peter.
1950-1974: The Municipal Borough of King's Lynn, the Urban District of New Hunstanton, and the Rural Districts of Docking, Freebridge Lynn, and Marshland.
Members of Parliament
MPs before 1640
Elections in the 1880s
- representation reduced to one member
|Conservative||Rt Hon. Robert Bourke||1,472||53.1||n/a|
|Liberal||Sir William Hovell Browne ffolkes||1,302||46.9||n/a|
|Conservative||Rt Hon. Robert Bourke||1,417||55.3||+2.2|
|Liberal||John James Briscoe||1,146||44.7||-2.2|
|Conservative||Alexander Weston Jarvis||1,423||54.9|
|Liberal||J H Sanders||1,168||45.1|
Elections in the 1890s
|Conservative||Thomas Gibson Bowles||1,319||50.2||-4.7|
|Liberal||Thomas R. Kemp||1,308||49.8||+4.7|
|Conservative||Thomas Gibson Bowles||1,395||51.3||+1.1|
|Liberal||Hubert George Beaumont||1,326||48.7||-1.1|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative||Thomas Gibson Bowles||1,499||52.9||+1.6|
|Liberal||Frederick Handel Booth||1,332||47.1||-1.6|
|Liberal||Carlyon Wilfroy Bellairs||1,506||43.8|
|Independent Conservative||Thomas Gibson Bowles||1,164||33.8||n/a|
|Conservative||Alan Hughes Burgoyne||772||22.4||n/a|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1910s
|Liberal||Thomas Gibson Bowles||1,900|
|Conservative||Hon. Edward Cecil George Cadogan||1,638|
|Liberal||Thomas Gibson Bowles||1,668|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||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 from 1914 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;
- Unionist: Holcombe Ingleby
|Labour||Robert Barrie Walker||9,780||49.1|
- endorsed by Coalition Government
Elections in the 1920s
|Unionist||Sir Neville Paul Jodrell||9,862||37.2||-13.7|
|Labour||Robert Barrie Walker||8,683||32.7||-16.4|
|Liberal||George Graham Woodwark||7,970||30.1||n/a|
|Liberal||George Graham Woodwark||9,943||38.7||+8.6|
|Unionist||Sir Neville Paul Jodrell||9,266||36.1||-1.7|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+5.2|
|Liberal||George Graham Woodwark||9,184||32.6|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
|Liberal||William Bertram Mitford||10,806||30.3||-2.3|
|Labour||Sir Herbert John Maynard||10,356||29.0||+3.2|
Elections in the 1930s
|Conservative||Somerset Arthur Maxwell||17,492||50.0|
|Liberal||Frank Ongley Darvall||5,418||15.5|
Elections in the 1940s
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: Somerset Arthur Maxwell
- Labour: Frederick Wise
- Liberal: R H Kerkham
- British Union: A E Ilett
|Independent Labour||Frederick John Wise||9,027||45.8||N/A|
|Labour||Frederick John Wise||18,202||48.7|
|Conservative||William Donald Hamilton McCullough||14,928||39.9|
|Liberal||Alexander Peckover Doyle Penrose||3,796||10.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Frederick John Wise||19,399||45.33||-3.37|
|Liberal||Richard Arden Winch||4,266||9.97||-0.23|
|Labour||Frederick John Wise||21,017||48.91||+3.58|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+1.41|
|Labour||Hugh McDowall Lawson||19,611||48.35||-0.56|
|Conservative||Denys Gradwell Bullard||21,671||52.12||+0.47|
|Labour||George Colin Jackson||19,906||47.88||-0.47|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||John Derek Page||21,460||50.12||+2.24|
|Conservative||Denys Gradwell Bullard||21,356||49.88||-2.24|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+2.24|
|Labour||John Derek Page||23,324||52.26||+2.14|
|Conservative||Denys Gradwell Bullard||21,305||47.74||-2.14|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||John Derek Page||23,789||49.97||-2.29|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+2.29|
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
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vacant. Next was Sussex in 1743