Lonsdale (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lonsdale
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Lancashire
19181950
Number of members One
Replaced by Morecambe and Lonsdale
Created from Lancaster and North Lonsdale

Lonsdale was a county constituency in north Lancashire, England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first-past-the-post system.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member Whip
1918 Claude Lowther Unionist
1920 Independent Parliamentary Group
1921 Unionist
1922 Nigel Kennedy Unionist
1923 Henry Maden Liberal
1924 Lord Balniel Unionist
1940 Ian Fraser Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Lonsdale[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist *Claude Lowther 9,662 52.5 n/a
Labour David Hunter 4,472 24.3 n/a
Liberal Joseph Bliss 4,276 23.2 n/a
Majority 5,190 28.2 n/a
Turnout 66.5 n/a
Unionist win

*endorsed by Coalition Government

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Lonsdale[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Nigel Kennedy 12,030 55.1 +2.6
Liberal Henry Maden 5,790 26.5 +3.3
Labour Thomas Marshall Scott 4,024 18.4 -5.9
Majority 6,240 28.6 +0.4
Turnout 77.3 +10.8
Unionist hold Swing -0.4
General Election 1923: Lonsdale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Henry Maden 11,186 52.4 +25.9
Unionist Nigel Kennedy 10,176 47.6 -7.5
Majority 1,010 4.8 33.4
Turnout 75.4 -1.9
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +16.7
General Election 1924: Lonsdale[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist David Lindsay 13,460 57.4 +9.8
Liberal Henry Maden 10,002 42.6 --9.8
Majority 3,458 14.8 19.6
Turnout 83.3 +7.9
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +9.8
General Election 1929: Lonsdale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist David Lindsay 13,612 47.4 -10.0
Liberal Henry Maden 7,805 27.2 -15.4
Labour Joseph Henderson 7,303 25.4 n/a
Majority 5,087 20.2 +5.4
Turnout 82.7 -0.6
Unionist hold Swing +2.7

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Lonsdale[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Lindsay 17,423 59.6 +12.2
Liberal Henry Maden 11,821 40.4 +13.2
Majority 5,602 19.2 -1.0
Turnout 29,244 83.0 +0.3
Conservative hold Swing -0.5
General Election 1935: Lonsdale[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Lindsay 16,338 57.0 -2.6
Labour R S Armstrong 6,946 24.2 n/a
Liberal Henry Maden 5,391 18.8 -21.6
Majority 9,392 32.8 +13.6
Turnout 28,675 79.3 -3.7
Conservative hold Swing n/a

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; *Conservative: David Lindsay

  • Labour:
  • Liberal:
Lonsdale by-election, 1940[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Fraser unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
General Election 1945: Lonsdale[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Fraser 18,571 58.0 n/a
Labour Sidney Wright Grundy 13,436 42.0 n/a
Majority 5,135 16.0 n/a
Turnout 77.2 n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS 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. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig

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