Manchester Platting (UK Parliament constituency)

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Manchester Platting
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members one
Replaced by Manchester Cheetham and Manchester Clayton
Created from Manchester North

Manchester Platting was a parliamentary constituency in Manchester. 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.

History[edit]

The constituency was created as a result of the Report of the Boundary Commission in 1917, when it was recommended to be called "Manchester Collyhurst".[1] However, when the Representation of the People Bill to give effect to the Commission's recommendations was debated in Parliament, the Government accepted an amendment to change the name to Platting.[2] The new constituency came into effect at the 1918 general election. It was abolished for the 1950 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Although Parliament changed the name proposed by the Boundary Commission, they kept the boundaries as recommended. The constituency was defined as the Collyhurst, Harpurhey and Miles Platting municipal wards of the County Borough of Manchester, together with the part of the St Michael's municipal ward which was not included in the Exchange division. The St Michael's ward was divided along the Rochdale Road, the small area to the south-west including the High Street area being excluded.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 J. R. Clynes Labour
1931 Alan Chorlton Conservative
1935 J. R. Clynes Labour
1945 Hugh Delargy Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Manchester Platting [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. R. Clynes Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Manchester Platting [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. R. Clynes 15,683 48.5 N/A
Unionist Frank Henry Holmes 14,814 45.8 N/A
Liberal William Ramage 1,847 5.7 N/A
Majority 869 2.7 N/A
Turnout 32,344 81.8 N/A
Registered electors 39,559
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1923: Manchester Platting [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. R. Clynes 17,078 54.8 +6.3
Unionist Frank Henry Holmes 14,099 45.2 −0.6
Majority 2,979 9.6 +6.9
Turnout 31,178 78.1 −3.7
Registered electors 39,898
Labour hold Swing +3.5
General Election 1924: Manchester Platting [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. R. Clynes 17,233 49.2 −5.6
Unionist Frank Henry Holmes 16,228 46.4 +1.2
Liberal E Baker 1,538 4.4 N/A
Majority 1,005 2.8 −6.8
Turnout 34,999 86.1 +8.0
Registered electors 40,629
Labour hold Swing −3.4
General Election 1929: Manchester Platting [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. R. Clynes 22,969 57.9 +8.2
Unionist Alan Chorlton 16,323 41.1 −5.3
Communist Joe Vaughan 401 1.0 N/A
Majority 6,646 16.8 +14.0
Turnout 39,693 80.8 −5.3
Registered electors 49,153
Labour hold Swing +6.8

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Manchester, Platting[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Chorlton 23,588 57.0 +15.9
Labour J. R. Clynes 17,798 43.0 −14.9
Majority 5,790 14.0 N/A
Turnout 41,386 82.6 +1.8
Registered electors 50,081
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +15.5
General Election 1935: Manchester, Platting[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. R. Clynes 18,352 51.9 +8.9
Conservative JW Stansfield 17,015 48.1 −8.9
Majority 1,337 3.8 N/A
Turnout 35,367 76.5 −6.1
Registered electors 46,234
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +8.9

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Manchester, Platting
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hugh Delargy 16,427 63.9 +12.0
Conservative Wilfrid Sugden 9,262 36.1 −12.0
Majority 7,165 27.8 +24.0
Turnout 25,689 72.6 −2.9
Registered electors 35,403
Labour hold Swing +12.0

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parliamentary Borough of Manchester" in Schedule part II of "Report of the Boundary Commission (England and Wales), 1917", Cd. 8756.
  2. ^ "Parliament", The Times, 30 November 1917, p. 12.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1969). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949. Glasgow: Political Reference Publications. p. 191. ISBN 0-900178-01-9.