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 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 parishes of Outwell and Upwell), and in the Rural District of Downham the parishes of Wiggenhall St Germans, Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin, Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, and Wiggenhall St Peter.
1950-1974: The 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
|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|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative||Thomas Gibson Bowles||1,499||52.9||+1.6|
|Liberal||Frederick Handel Booth||1,332||47.1||-1.6|
|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|
|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
|Labour||Robert Barrie Walker||8,683||32.7||-16.4|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+5.2|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
|Liberal||William Bertram Mitford||10,806||30.3||-2.3|
Elections in the 1930s
|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 Wise||9,027||45.8||N/A|
|Liberal||Alexander Peckover Doyle Penrose||3,796||10.2|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1950s
|Liberal||Richard Arden Winch||4,266||9.97||-0.23|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+1.41|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+2.24|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+2.29|
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- Salisbury had been a peer, sitting in the House of Lords, since 1612, but became eligible to sit in the Commons after the House of Lords was abolished
- Desborough was also elected for Somerset
- Walpole was expelled from the House of Commons in January 1712 for "a high Breach of trust and notorious corruption". He was re-elected at the ensuing by-election, but the Commons resolved that having been expelled he was not capable of being re-elected to the House in the same session. Rather than awarding the election to his opponent, the election was declared void and a new writ was issued.
- Styled Lord Walpole from 1806
- Styled Lord Stanley from 1851
- British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
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- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1964". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1970". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
vacant. Next was Sussex in 1743