Manchester Blackley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°30′36″N 2°12′07″W / 53.510°N 2.202°W / 53.510; -2.202

Manchester, Blackley
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Manchester, Blackley in Greater Manchester for the 2005 general election.
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Location of Greater Manchester within England.
County Greater Manchester
19182010
Number of members One
Replaced by Blackley and Broughton
European Parliament constituency North West England

Manchester, Blackley /ˈblkli/ was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. In boundary changes for the 2010 general election it was replaced by Blackley and Broughton.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1983: The County Borough of Manchester wards of Blackley, Crumpsall, and Moston.

1983-2010: The City of Manchester wards of Blackley, Charlestown, Crumpsall, Harpurhey, Lightbowne, and Moston.

This constituency was one of Labour's safest seats, though prior to 1964 it was regarded as a reasonably safe Conservative seat, with the party only gaining the seat once, in their 1945 landslide victory. Located in the North of the city, it included the overspill area of Blackley, the deprived inner-city area of Harpurhey, and the districts of Moston, Crumpsall and Charlestown.

Boundary review[edit]

From 2010 this seat was abolished, and its constituents form one part of the Blackley and Broughton seat with two electoral wards from Salford.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1918 Harold Briggs Conservative
1923 Philip Oliver Liberal
1924 Harold Briggs Conservative
1929 Philip Oliver Liberal
1931 John Lees-Jones Conservative
1945 Jack Diamond Labour
1951 Eric Johnson Conservative
1964 Paul Rose Labour
1979 Ken Eastham Labour
1997 Graham Stringer Labour
2010 constituency abolished: see Blackley and Broughton

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Manchester Blackley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Graham Stringer 17,187 62.3 −6.6
Liberal Democrat Iain Donaldson 5,160 18.7 +7.3
Conservative Amar Ahmed 3,690 13.4 −1.0
UKIP Roger Bullock 1,554 5.6 +5.6
Majority 12,027 43.6
Turnout 27,591 45.8 +0.9
Labour hold Swing −7.0
General Election 2001: Manchester Blackley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Graham Stringer 18,285 68.9 −1.1
Conservative Lance Stanbury 3,821 14.4
Liberal Democrat Gary Riding 3,015 11.4
Socialist Labour Kenneth Barr 485 1.8
Socialist Alliance Karren Reissmann 461 1.7
Anti-Corruption Forum Aziz Ahmed Bhatti 456 1.7
Majority 14,464 54.4
Turnout 26,523 44.9
Labour hold Swing -7.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Manchester Blackley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Graham Stringer 25,042 70.0 +9.9
Conservative Stephen Barclay 5,454 15.3 −12.6
Liberal Democrat Simon D. Wheale 3,937 11.0 −0.3
Referendum Paul Stayner 1,323 3.7 N/A
Majority 19,588 54.8 +22.4
Turnout 35,756 57.2
Labour hold Swing +11.2
General Election 1992: Manchester Blackley[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Eastham 23,031 60.2 +7.7
Conservative William S. Hobhouse 10,642 27.8 −1.0
Liberal Democrat Simon D. Wheale 4,324 11.3 −7.5
Natural Law Michael P. Kennedy 288 0.8 +0.8
Majority 12,389 32.4 +8.7
Turnout 38,285 69.3 −3.6
Labour hold Swing +4.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Manchester Blackley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Eastham 22,476 52.4 +4.3
Conservative Krishan Kumar Nath 12,354 28.8 −3.8
Social Democratic Harvey Leslie Showman 8,041 18.8 N/A
Majority 10,122 23.6 +8.2
Turnout 42,871 72.9
Labour hold Swing +4.1
General Election 1983: Manchester Blackley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Eastham 20,132 48.1 −2.8
Conservative Peter C.J. Ridgway 13,676 32.6 +0.1
Liberal John Cookson 8,081 19.3 +5.1
Majority 6,456 15.4 −3.0
Turnout 41,889 69.7 −3.6
Labour hold Swing −1.5

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Eastham 20,346 50.4 −0.5
Conservative Arthur Green 15,842 39.2 +3.7
Liberal James Ashley 3,868 9.6 −4.6
National Front Nigel Wallace 326 0.8 -1.6
Majority 4,504 11.2
Turnout 40,382 76.4
Labour hold Swing −2.1
General Election October 1974: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Bernard Rose 19,720 50.9 +4.1
Conservative A. Lea 12,601 35.5 −1.0
Liberal D. Jackson 5,517 14.2 −5.5
National Front Herbert Andrew 914 2.4 N/A
Majority 7,119 18.4 +5.1
Turnout 38,752 70.6
Labour hold Swing +3.0
General Election February 1974: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Bernard Rose 19,369 46.8 −6.4
Conservative Hugh Roderick Lynn Samuel 13,863 33.5 −13.3
Liberal Harry Roche 8,155 19.7 N/A
Majority 5,506 13.3 6.9
Turnout 41,387 76.1
Labour hold Swing −3.5
General Election 1970: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Bernard Rose 21,437 53.2 -1.2
Conservative Albert Maguire 18,838 46.8 +9.7
Majority 2,599 6.5 -8.9
Turnout 40,275 69.5
Labour hold Swing -5.5

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Bernard Rose 21,571 54.4 +10.9
Conservative David C Stanley 15,271 37.1 -3.7
Liberal Lawrence Gordon Bayley 4,297 10.5 -5.1
Majority 6,300 15.3 +12.6
Turnout 41,139 75.5
Labour hold Swing +7.3
General Election 1964: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Bernard Rose 19,570 43.6 +5.9
Conservative Eric Seymour Thewlis Johnson 18,348 40.9 -6.1
Liberal Robert Michael Hammond 7,002 15.6 +0.3
Majority 1,222 2.7
Turnout 44,920 79.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.0

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Seymour Thewlis Johnson 22,163 47.0 -9.0
Labour Reginald Chrimes 17,790 37.7 -6.3
Liberal Robert Michael Hammond 7,223 15.3 N/A
Majority 4,373 9.3 -2.7
Turnout 47,176 81.2
Conservative hold Swing -1.4
General Election 1955: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Seymour Thewlis Johnson 23,395 56.0 +7.0
Labour John Diamond 19,959 44.0 -0.6
Majority 5,436 12.0 +7.6
Turnout 43,354 77.3
Conservative hold Swing +3.2
General Election 1951: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Seymour Thewlis Johnson 25,076 49.0 +6.8
Labour John Diamond 22,804 44.6 +2.3
Liberal Frank Smith 3,287 6.4 -8.0
Majority 2,272 4.4
Turnout 51,167 85.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +2.3
General Election 1950: Manchester Blackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Diamond 21,392 42.3 -2.4
Conservative R Jamieson 21,350 42.1 +8.5
Liberal Henry Donald Moore 7,317 14.5 -7.2
Communist Ben Ainley[9] 562 1.1 N/A
Majority 42 0.1 -10.9
Turnout 50,621 85.7
Labour hold Swing -5.5

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Manchester Blackley[10] Electorate 58,437
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Diamond 19,561 44.7 +17.6
Conservative John Lees-Jones 14,747 33.7 -10.6
Liberal Philip Milner Oliver 9,480 21.7 -6.9
Majority 4,814 11.0 n/a
Turnout 43,788 74.8 -3.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +14.1

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Manchester Blackley[11] Electorate 44,314
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lees-Jones 15,355 44.3 -2.1
Liberal Philip Milner Oliver 9,893 28.6 -5.0
Labour WE Davies 9,370 27.1 +7.1
Majority 5,462 15.7 +2.9
Turnout 34,618 78.1
Conservative hold Swing +1.4
General Election 1931: Manchester Blackley[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lees-Jones 15,717 46.4 +12.9
Liberal Philip Milner Oliver 11,382 33.6 -2.8
Labour Wilfrid Andrew Burke 6,752 20.0 -10.1
Majority 4,335 12.8 15.7
Turnout 33,851 84.1 +1.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +7.8

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Philip Oliver
General Election 1929: Manchester Blackley[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Philip Milner Oliver 11,006 36.4 +5.7
Unionist William James Harold Briggs 10,118 33.5 -9.7
Labour Wilfrid Andrew Burke 9,091 30.1 +2.6
Majority 888 2.9 15.4
Turnout 82.6 -2.9
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +7.7
General Election 1924: Manchester Blackley[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William James Harold Briggs 9,737 43.2 +10.5
Liberal Philip Milner Oliver 6,609 29.3 -33.3
Labour Wilfrid Andrew Burke 6,195 27.5 n/a
Majority 3,128 13.9 43.8
Turnout 85.5 +10.1
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +21.9
General Election 1923: Manchester Blackley[15] Electorate 25,927
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Philip Milner Oliver 12,235 62.6 +32.7
Unionist William James Harold Briggs 7,313 37.4 -5.9
Majority 4,922 25.2 38.6
Turnout 75.4
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +19.3
General Election 1922: Manchester Blackley[16] Electorate 25,585
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William James Harold Briggs 9,023 43.3 -11.3
Liberal Philip Milner Oliver 6,219 29.9 +9.5
Labour Arnold Ernest Townend 5,580 26.8 +1.8
Majority 2,804 13.4 -16.2
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing -10.4

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Manchester Blackley[17] Electorate 24,857
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William James Harold Briggs 7,997 54.6 n/a
Labour Arnold Ernest Townend 3,659 25.0 n/a
Liberal Philip Milner Oliver 2,986 20.4 n/a
Majority 4,338 29.6 n/a
Turnout 58.9 n/a
Unionist win

No candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Stevenson, Graham. "Ainley Ben". Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 by Fred W. S. Craig
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 by Fred W. S. Craig
  12. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 by Fred W. S. Craig
  13. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 by Fred W. S. Craig
  14. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 by Fred W. S. Craig
  15. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 by Fred W. S. Craig
  16. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 by Fred W. S. Craig
  17. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 by Fred W. S. Craig

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