Manchester North West (UK Parliament constituency)
|Manchester North West|
|Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||one|
Manchester North West was one of six single-member Parliamentary constituencies created in 1885 by the division of the three-member Parliamentary Borough of Manchester under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. Its first MP, William Houldsworth, had previously sat for Manchester. It was abolished in 1918.
Winston Churchill won the seat at the 1906 General Election, but lost it at the 1908 by-election required at that time on his promotion to the Cabinet (he instead returned to Parliament for Dundee). In 1910, Andrew Bonar Law challenged Churchill to run against him here, and promised "he would welcome him and they would have a lively time". Bonar Law suggested that the loser should stay out of the next parliament (The Times). Churchill declined. In the event Bonar Law lost to the sitting MP, Sir George Kemp.
Kemp resigned the seat in July 1912, ostensibly to concentrate on his business interests, but he was known to disagree with the Home Rule Bill (The Times).
Members of Parliament
|1908 by-election||William Joynson-Hicks||Conservative|
|1910||Sir George Kemp||Liberal|
|1912 by-election||Sir John Randles||Conservative|
|26 November 1885: Manchester North West|
|Conservative||William Henry Houldsworth||5834||53|
|2 July 1886: Manchester North West|
|Conservative||William Henry Houldsworth||5480||55||+2|
- 6 July 1893: Sir William Henry Houldsworth unopposed
- 2 October 1900: Sir William Henry Houldsworth unopposed
|13 July 1897: Manchester North West|
|Conservative||Sir William Henry Houldsworth||4997||59||+4|
|Liberal||T. F. Byrne||3526||41|
|13 January 1906: Manchester North West|
|Liberal||Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill||5659||56|
|24 April 1908: Manchester North West|
|Liberal||Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill||4988||47||-15|
|Social Democratic Federation||Dan Irving||276||3|
|15 January 1910: Manchester North West|
|Liberal||Sir George Kemp||5930||54|
|3 December 1910: Manchester North West|
|Liberal||Sir George Kemp||5559||52||-2|
|Conservative||Andrew Bonar Law||5114||48|
|8 August 1912: Manchester North West|
|Conservative||Sir John Scurrah Randles||5573||56|
Bonar Law versus Churchill:
- "The Manchester Contest", The Times, 29 November 1910. Retrieved online 21 March 2006.
Resgnation of Kemp:
- "Another by-election", The Times, 26 July 1912. Retrieved online 22 March 2006.