Louth, Lincolnshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Louth
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851983
Number of members one
Replaced by Brigg and Cleethorpes and East Lindsey
Created from North Lincolnshire

Louth was a county constituency in Lincolnshire which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election.

It should not be confused with the former Irish constituency of County Louth (UK Parliament constituency). Between 1885 and 1918, its formal name was The East Lindsey (or Louth) Division of Lincolnshire, and it was sometimes referred to simply as East Lindsey.

Boundaries[edit]

1885-1918: The Sessional Divisions of Louth, Market Rasen, and Wragby, and parts of the Sessional Divisions of Alford, Grimsby, and Horncastle.

1918-1950: The Municipal Borough of Louth, the Urban Districts of Mablethorpe and Market Rasen, and the Rural Districts of Caistor, Grimsby, and Louth.

1950-1983: The Municipal Boroughs of Cleethorpes and Louth, and the Rural Districts of Grimsby and Louth.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Francis Otter Liberal
1886 Arthur Raymond Heath Conservative
1892 Sir Robert William Perks, 1st Baronet Liberal
January 1910 Henry Langton Brackenbury Conservative
December 1910 Timothy Davies Liberal
1918 Henry Langton Brackenbury Coalition Conservative
1920 by-election Thomas Wintringham Liberal
1921 by-election Margaret Wintringham Liberal
1924 Arthur Heneage Conservative
1945 Sir Cyril Osborne Conservative
1969 by-election Jeffrey Archer Conservative
Oct 1974 Michael Brotherton Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Louth[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Francis Otter 4,801 57.2 n/a
Conservative Rt Hon. James Lowther 3,594 42.8 n/a
Majority 1,207 14.4 n/a
Turnout 81.9 n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Louth[3][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Raymond Heath unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing n/a

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Perks
General Election 1892: Louth[4][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Robert William Perks 4,284 55.4 n/a
Conservative Arthur Raymond Heath 3,445 44.6 n/a
Majority 839 10.8 n/a
Turnout 78.6 n/a
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing n/a
General Election 1895: Louth[5][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Robert William Perks 4,191 52.6 -2.8
Conservative Francis Alfred Lucas 3,779 47.4 +2.8
Majority 412 5.2 -5.6
Turnout 73.4 -5.2
Liberal hold Swing -2.8

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Louth[6][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Robert William Perks 4,188 56.0 +3.4
Conservative C H Eyre Coote 3,286 44.0 -3.4
Majority 902 12.0 +6.8
Turnout 77.7 +4.3
Liberal hold Swing +3.4
General Election 1906: Louth[7][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Robert William Perks 4,551 56.0 +3.4
Conservative Sir Thomas Walter Comyn-Platt 3,572 44.0 -3.4
Majority 979 12.0 +6.8
Turnout 80.6 +2.9
Liberal hold Swing +3.4

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Louth[8][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Langton Brackenbury 4,433 50.9 +6.9
Liberal Timothy Davies 4,275 49.1 -6.9
Majority 158 1.8 13.8
Turnout 84.4 +3.8
Conservative hold Swing +6.9
Davies
General Election December 1910: Louth[9][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Timothy Davies 4,260 50.4 +1.3
Conservative Henry Langton Brackenbury 4,188 49.6 -1.3
Majority 72 0.8 2.6
Turnout 81.9 -2.5
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +1.3

General Election 1914/15

A General Election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place.

General Election 1918: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 9,055 54.5
Liberal Timothy Davies 7,559 45.5
Majority 1,496 9.0
Turnout 16,614 60.3
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

T. Wintringham
Louth by-election, 1920
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Wintringham 9,859 57.3 +11.8
Unionist 7,354 42.7 −11.8
Majority 2,505 14.6
Turnout 17,213 63.1 +2.8
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing 11.8
  • endorsed by Coalition Government
Mrs. Wintringham
Louth by-election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 8,386 42.2 −15.1
Unionist Sir Alan Hutchings 7,695 38.3 −4.4
Labour James L. George 3,873 19.5 N/A
Majority 791 3.9 −10.7
Turnout 19,954 72.1 +9.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1922: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 11,609 52.0
Unionist Sir Alan Hutchings 10,726 48.0
Majority 883 4.0
Turnout 78.5
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1923: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 12,104 52.4 +0.4
Unionist Geoffrey Kelsall Peto 11,003 47.6 -0.4
Majority 1,101 4.8 +0.8
Turnout 79.6 +1.1
Liberal hold Swing +0.4
General Election, 1924: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Arthur Pelham Heneage 12,674 52.8
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 11,330 47.2
Majority 1,344 5.6
Turnout 24,004 80.9
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election, 1929: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Arthur Pelham Heneage 13,999 44.4 -8.4
Liberal Margaret Wintringham 13,560 42.9 -4.3
Labour T Holmes 4,027 12.7 n/a
Majority 439 1.5 -4.1
Turnout 81.8 +0.9
Unionist hold Swing -2.1

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Pelham Heneage 18,434 56.1
Liberal John Ramsay Bryce Muir 14,439 43.9
Majority 3,995 12.1
Turnout 32,873 81.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Pelham Heneage 19,705 61.64
Labour Jack H Franklin 12,261 38.36
Majority 7,444 23.29
Turnout 71.85
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1939/40

A General Election was due to take place by the spring of 1940. By the autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place.

General Election 1945: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Osborne 16,333 46.18
Labour Jack H Franklin 11,628 32.88
Liberal Walter K Carter 7,176 20.29
Independent Liberal Samuel Randolph Charlesworth 233 0.66
Majority 4,705 13.30
Turnout 71.91
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Osborne 19,647 48.48
Labour Henry James Herbert Dyer 15,063 37.17
Liberal Albert William Cox 5,817 14.35
Majority 4,584 11.31
Turnout 82.36
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Osborne 21,587 53.66
Labour Henry James Herbert Dyer 15,819 39.32
Liberal Rev. Reginald Clifford Gaul 2,822 7.02
Majority 5,768 14.34
Turnout 80.46
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Osborne 21,796 58.79
Labour Douglas Rene Louis Maroel Poirier 15,276 41.21
Majority 6,520 17.59
Turnout 73.66
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Cyril Osborne 24,211 61.11
Labour Francis Robert Macdonald 15,408 38.89
Majority 8,803 22.22
Turnout 76.52
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Cyril Osborne 21,227 48.95
Labour Francis Robert Macdonald 14,188 32.72
Liberal Edmund Ian Marshall 7,949 18.33
Majority 7,039 16.23
Turnout 77.88
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Cyril Osborne 19,977 46.37
Labour Robin Brumby 15,885 36.87
Liberal Edmund Ian Marshall 7,222 16.76
Majority 4,092 9.50
Turnout 43,084 74.35
Conservative hold Swing
Louth by-election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeffrey Howard Archer 16,317 58.0 +11.6
Labour Bruce Briggs 5,590 19.9 −17.0
Liberal John Adams 5,003 17.8 +1.0
United Democratic Party Sir George Peter Maurice FitzGerald 1,225 4.4 N/A
Majority 10,727 38.1 +28.6
Turnout 28,135 +
Conservative hold Swing +14.3

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election June 1970: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeffrey Howard Archer 25,659 53.08
Labour James Murray 16,403 33.93
Liberal John Adams 6,279 12.99
Majority 9,256 19.15
Turnout 48,341 71.57
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeffrey Howard Archer 25,158 45.13
Liberal John CL Sellick 15,440 27.70
Labour AG Dowson 15,148 27.17
Majority 9,718 17.43
Turnout 55,746 79.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Lewis Brotherton 19,819 38.48
Liberal John CL Sellick 16,939 32.89
Labour R Mitchell 14,747 28.63
Majority 2,880 5.59
Turnout 51,505 73.06
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1979: Louth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Lewis Brotherton 25,701 44.85
Liberal John CL Sellick 19,026 33.20
Labour Clive James Charles Betts 12,316 21.49
National Front CDB Stokes 261 0.46
Majority 6,675 11.65
Turnout 57,304 78.22
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liberal Year Book 1908
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  3. ^ Liberal Year Book 1908
  4. ^ Liberal Year Book 1908
  5. ^ Debrett's House of Commons 1901
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons 1901
  7. ^ Liberal Year Book 1908
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons 1916
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons 1916
  10. ^ The Liberal Magazine 1939