Nelson and Colne (UK Parliament constituency)

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Nelson and Colne
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members one
Replaced by Pendle[1]

Nelson and Colne was a constituency in Lancashire which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1918 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election.

It was largely succeeded by the Pendle constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Municipal Boroughs of Colne and Nelson, the Urban Districts of Barrowford, Brierfield, and Trawden, and the detached part of the civil parish of Foulridge which was bordered on the north, west, and south by the Municipal Borough of Colne.

1950-1983: The Municipal Boroughs of Colne and Nelson, and the Urban Districts of Barrowford, Brierfield, and Trawden.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member Party
1918 Albert Smith Labour
1920 Robinson Graham Labour
1922 Arthur Greenwood Labour
1931 Linton Thorp Conservative
1935 Sydney Silverman Labour
1968 David Waddington Conservative
1974 Doug Hoyle Labour
1979 John Lee Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Albert Smith 14,075 62.0 N/A
Liberal Fred Greenwood 8,623 38.0 N/A
Majority 5,452 24.0 N/A
Turnout 22,698 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

By-election 1920: Nelson and Colne[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robinson Graham 14,134 49.6 −12.4
Unionist
  • Frederick Norman Wainwright
8,577 30.1 N/A
Liberal Walter Russell Rea 5,805 20.4 −17.6
Majority 19.5 −4.5
Turnout 65.2 +12.9
Labour hold Swing N/A
  • endorsed by Coalition Government
General Election 1922: Nelson and Colne[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Greenwood 17,718
Liberal James Henry Sutherland Aitken 11,542
Unionist Frederick Norman Wainwright 7,286
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Greenwood 17,083 46.1
Liberal James Henry Sutherland Aitken 10,103 27.3
Unionist Sir Amos Nelson 9,861 26.6
Majority 6,980 18.8 +1.9
Turnout 83.4
Labour hold Swing +0.9
General Election 1924: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Greenwood 19,922 51.9
Liberal James Henry Sutherland Aitken 18,479 48.1
Majority 1,443 3.8
Turnout 33,348
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1929: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Greenwood 28,533 61.0 +9.1
Unionist Linton Theodore Thorp 18,236 39.0 -9.1
Majority 10,297 22.0 +18.2
Turnout 46,769
Labour hold Swing +9.1

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Linton Theodore Thorp 28,747 57.71
Labour Arthur Greenwood 21,063 42.29
Majority 7,684 15.43
Turnout 49,810 75.93
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 26,011 54.52
Independent Conservative Linton Theodore Thorp 21,696 45.48
Majority 4,315 9.04
Turnout 47,707 84.73
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 25,610 59.4 +11.8
Conservative Harmar Nicholls 17,484 40.5 −8.5
Majority 8,126 18.9
Turnout 43,094 76.2 −2.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Nelson and Colne[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 25,358 54.6
Conservative Alan Green 21,116 45.4
Majority 4,242 9.13
Turnout 88.28
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Nelson and Colne[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 25,611 54.7
Conservative Alan Green 21,211 45.3
Majority 4,400 9.4
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Nelson and Colne[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 22,135 52.7 −2.0
Conservative Mary Elaine Kellett 19,844 47.3 +2.0
Majority 2,291 5.5
Turnout 41,979 88.4
Labour hold Swing −2.0
General Election 1959: Nelson and Colne[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 20,407 49.3 −3.4
Conservative John Crabtree 19,143 46.2 −1.1
Lancastrian Party Thomas Clifford Emmott 1,889 4.6 N/A
Majority 1,287 3.1
Turnout 41,439 85.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 20,205 53.5 +4.2
Conservative David Charles Waddington 17,561 46.5 +0.3
Majority 2,644 7.0
Turnout 37,766 80.8 −4.7
Labour hold Swing +2.0
General Election 1966: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel Sydney Silverman 18,406 49.3 −4.2
Conservative Peter Davies 13,829 37.0 −9.5
Independent Patrick Downey 5,117 13.7 N/A
Majority 4,577 12.3
Turnout 37,352 81.0 +0.2
Labour hold Swing +2.3
By-election 1968: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Charles Waddington 16,466 48.9 +11.9
Labour Betty Boothroyd 12,944 38.4 −10.9
Liberal David Chadwick 3,016 9.0 N/A
English Nationalist Brian Tattersall 1,255 3.7 N/A
Majority 3,522 10.5
Turnout 33,681
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +11.4

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Charles Waddington 19,881 51.5 +14.5
Labour Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle 18,741 48.5 −0.8
Majority 1,410 3.0
Turnout 38,622 78.3 −2.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.7
General Election February 1974: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Charles Waddington 15,692 38.9 −12.6
Labour Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle 15,515 38.4 −6.1
Liberal Anthony Robert Greaves 9,166 22.7 N/A
Majority 177 0.4
Turnout 40,373 84.2 +
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle 17,506 44.7 +6.3
Conservative David Charles Waddington 16,836 43.0 +4.6
Liberal Anthony Robert Greaves 4,850 12.4 −10.3
Majority 669 1.7
Turnout 39,192 81.1
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1979: Nelson and Colne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Robert Louis Lee 17,522 45.0 +2.0
Labour Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle 17,086 43.9 −0.8
Liberal David Hewitt 4,322 11.1 −1.3
Majority 436 1.1
Turnout 38,930 81.6 +0.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +1.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Nelson and Colne', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1922
  3. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1931
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  7. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973