Kingston upon Hull Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kingston upon Hull Central
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851955
Number of members one
1974 (1974)1983
Number of members one
Replaced by Hull North and Hull West[1]

Kingston upon Hull Central was a parliamentary constituency in the city of Kingston upon Hull in East Yorkshire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1955 general election. It was then re-created for the February 1974 general election, and abolished again for the 1983 general election. Under the proposed 2018 Boundary Commission review, this seat is set to be reinstated for the 2020 general election, replacing the seat of Hull North.

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: The Municipal Borough of Kingston-upon-Hull wards of Paragon and Queen's, and part of Central ward.

1918-1950: The County Borough of Kingston-upon-Hull wards of Beverley, East Central, Myton, Paragon, West Central, and Whitefriars.

1950-1955: The County Borough of Kingston-upon-Hull wards of Albert, Botanic, Coltman, East Central, Myton, North Newington, Paragon, South Newington, and West Central.

1974-1983: The County Borough of Kingston-upon-Hull wards of Avenue, Beverley, Botanic, Greenwood, Myton, Newland, and University.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1955[edit]

Year Member[2] Party
1885 Seymour King Conservative
1911 Mark Sykes Unionist
1919 Joseph Kenworthy Liberal
1926 Labour
1931 Basil Barton Conservative
1935 Walter Windsor Labour
1945 Mark Hewitson Labour
1955 constituency abolished

MPs 1974–1983[edit]

Event Member[2] Party
Feb 1974 Kevin McNamara Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Hull Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seymour King 4,193 46.8 N/A
Liberal Charles Morgan Norwood 4,027 45.0 N/A
Independent Lib-Lab Neiles Boynton Billany[4] 735 8.2 N/A
Majority 166 1.8 N/A
Turnout 8,955 77.0 N/A
Registered electors 11,627
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Hull Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seymour King 4,968 56.3 +9.5
Liberal R. C. Lehmann 3,861 43.7 −1.3
Majority 1,107 12.6 +10.8
Turnout 8,829 75.9 −1.1
Registered electors 11,627
Conservative hold Swing +5.4

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Hull Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seymour King 4,938 52.5 −3.8
Lib-Lab Fred Maddison 4,462 47.5 +3.8
Majority 476 5.0 −7.6
Turnout 9,400 76.1 +0.2
Registered electors 12,350
Conservative hold Swing −3.8
General Election 1895: Hull Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seymour King 5,476 60.9 +8.4
Lib-Lab Fred Maddison 3,515 39.1 −8.4
Majority 1,961 21.8 +16.8
Turnout 8,991 79.9 +3.8
Registered electors 11,259
Conservative hold Swing +8.4

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Hull Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seymour King 5,257 68.1 +7.2
Liberal George Greenwood 2,465 31.9 −7.2
Majority 2,792 36.2 +14.4
Turnout 7,722 74.4 −5.5
Registered electors 10,378
Conservative hold Swing +7.2
General Election 1906: Hull Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seymour King 4,345 57.8 −10.3
Liberal George Jackson Bentham 3,167 42.2 +10.3
Majority 1,178 15.6 −20.6
Turnout 7,512 84.8 +10.4
Registered electors 8,861
Conservative hold Swing −10.3

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Seymour King
General Election January 1910: Hull Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seymour King 3,606 50.1 −7.7
Liberal Robert Aske 3,586 49.9 +7.7
Majority 20 0.2 −15.4
Turnout 7,192 87.9 +3.1
Registered electors 8,181
Conservative hold Swing −7.7
Robert Aske
General Election December 1910: Hull Central[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Seymour King 3,625 51.5 +1.4
Liberal Robert Aske 3,418 48.5 -1.4
Majority 207 3.0 +2.8
Turnout 7,043 86.1 -1.8
Registered electors 8,181
Conservative hold Swing +2.4
Kingston upon Hull Central by-election, 1911[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Sykes 3,823 51.9 +0.4
Liberal Robert Aske 3,545 48.1 -0.4
Majority 278 3.8 +0.8
Turnout 7,368 84.6 −1.5
Registered electors 8,712
Conservative hold Swing +0.4
Sykes
General Election 1918: Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Mark Sykes 13,805 80.1
Liberal Roderick Kedward 3,434 19.9
Majority 10,371 60.2
Turnout 17,239 54.9
Unionist hold Swing
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
Percy
Kingston upon Hull Central by-election, 1919
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Kenworthy 8,616 52.8 +32.9
C Unionist Eustace Percy 7,699 47.2 -32.9
Majority 917 5.6 65.8
Turnout 51.9 -3.0
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +32.9
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Kenworthy
General Election 1922: Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Kenworthy 15,374 55.5 +35.6
Unionist Herbert William Looker 12,347 44.5 −35.6
Majority 3,027 11.0 N/A
Turnout 27,721 79.1 +24.2
Registered electors 35,037
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +35.6
General Election 6 December 1923: Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Kenworthy 15,847 60.1 +4.6
Unionist Edward Wooll 10,507 39.9 −4.6
Majority 5,340 20.2 +9.2
Turnout 26,354 73.0 −6.1
Registered electors 36,085
Liberal hold Swing +4.6
General Election 1924: Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Kenworthy 15,234 54.1 −6.0
Unionist Lancelot Evelyn Gaunt 12,904 45.9 +6.0
Majority 2,330 8.2 −12.0
Turnout 28,138 77.1 +4.1
Registered electors 36,514
Liberal hold Swing −6.0
Kingston-upon-Hull Central by-election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph Kenworthy 16,145 52.9 N/A
Unionist Lancelot Evelyn Gaunt 11,466 37.6 −8.3
Liberal Charles Kerr 2,885 9.5 −44.6
Majority 4,679 15.3 N/A
Turnout 30,496 82.8 +5.7
Registered electors 36,820
Labour gain from Liberal Swing N/A
General Election 1929: Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joseph Kenworthy 18,815 54.1 N/A
Unionist Lawrence Kimball 11,181 32.1 −13.8
Liberal Alfred Samuel Doran 4,802 13.8 −40.3
Majority 7,634 22.0 N/A
Turnout 34,798 78.3 +1.2
Registered electors 44,439
Labour gain from Liberal Swing N/A

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Basil Barton 19,773 55.10
Labour Joseph Kenworthy 16,113 44.90
Majority 3,660 10.20
Turnout 83.16
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Windsor 14,851 52.88
Conservative Basil Barton 13,231 47.12
Majority 1,620 5.77
Turnout 75.63
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

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: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mark Hewitson 8,786 58.75
Conservative Diana Spearman 4,106 27.46
Liberal C Stanley Bell 2,062 13.79
Majority 4,680 31.30
Turnout 73.01
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mark Hewitson 27,351 56.49
Conservative Richard Wilberforce 15,951 32.95
Liberal Albert Richard Hardcastle 5,113 10.56
Majority 11,400 23.55
Turnout 78.19
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mark Hewitson 29,674 61.71
Conservative William R Bull 18,413 38.29
Majority 11,261 23.42
Turnout 76.33
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election February 1974: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin McNamara 26,855 58.27
Conservative PWJ Carver 19,236 41.73
Majority 7,619 16.53
Turnout 73.51
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin McNamara 22,417 52.35
Conservative PWJ Carver 12,596 29.41
Liberal N Turner 7,810 18.24
Majority 9,821 22.93
Turnout 67.67
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Kingston upon Hull Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin McNamara 22,318 52.14
Conservative J Tillett 14,725 34.40
Liberal J Bryant 5,069 11.84
National Front A Braithwaite 422 0.99
Socialist Unity PM Stanton 274 0.64
Majority 7,593 17.74
Turnout 70.41
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Hull Central', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  4. ^ "Announcements". Eastern Morning News. 19 Oct 1885. p. 2. Retrieved 29 November 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Hull Daily Mail, 24 June 1938