Leek (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leek
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Staffordshire
Major settlements Leek
18851983
Number of members One
Replaced by Staffordshire Moorlands
Created from North Staffordshire

Leek was a parliamentary constituency in Staffordshire which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Centred on the market town of Leek, it was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished nearly 100 years later for the 1983 general election. It was then largely replaced by the new Staffordshire Moorlands constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1][2][3] Party
1885 Charles Crompton Liberal
1886 Harry Davenport Conservative
1892 Charles Bill Conservative
1906 Robert Pearce Liberal
1910, Jan Arthur Howard Heath Conservative
1910, Dec Sir Robert Pearce Liberal
1918 William Bromfield Labour
1931 Arthur Ratcliffe Conservative
1935 William Bromfield Labour
1945 Harold Davies Labour
1970 David Knox Conservative
1983 constituency abolished. see Staffordshire Moorlands

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Leek [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Charles Crompton 4,225 n/a
Conservative Harry Tichborne Davenport 4,063 n/a
Majority 162 n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Leek [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Tichborne Davenport 4,324
Liberal Charles Crompton 3,009
Majority 656
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Charles Bill
General Election 1892: Leek [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Bill 4,676
Liberal J O Nicholson 4,21
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1895: Leek [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Bill 4,705
Liberal Robert Pearce 4,091
Majority 614
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Leek [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Bill 4,800
Liberal Robert Pearce 4,041
Majority 759
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Robert Pearce
General Election 1906: Leek [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert Pearce 5,749
Conservative Charles Bill 4,275
Majority 1,474
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Leek [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Arthur Howard Heath
Liberal Robert Pearce
Majority 10
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election December 1910: Leek [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert Pearce 5,742
Conservative William Bromley-Davenport 5,152
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Leek[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Unionist Edward George Warris Hulton
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Leek[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
National Labour Leslie Montagu Thomas
Majority
Turnout
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative Rupert Malise Speir
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Leek[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative Richard Bernard Frank Stewart Body
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Leek[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative Irene Mervyn Parnicott Pike
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Leek[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative Sir John Hamilton Wedgwood
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Leek[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative Harry Goodwin
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Leek[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative Frank Arthur Swinnerton
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Leek[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour
Conservative
Liberal Richard M Burman
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 387. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 463. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  4. ^ Liberal Year Book 1907
  5. ^ Liberal Year Book 1907
  6. ^ Liberal Year Book 1907
  7. ^ Liberal Year Book 1907
  8. ^ Liberal Year Book 1907
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  12. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  14. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  15. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  16. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  17. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  18. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  19. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  20. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig