North Cumberland (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Cumberland
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of membersone
Replaced byPenrith and The Border
Created fromEskdale and Penrith

North Cumberland (also "Cumberland Northern")[1][2] was a parliamentary constituency in Cumberland which 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 of election.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The Urban Districts of Holme Cultram and Wigton, the Rural Districts of Brampton, Carlisle, and Longtown, and part of the Rural District of Wigton. (Carlisle, Brampton and Longtown rural dsitricts merged in 1930 into the Border Rural District)

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member Whip
1918 Christopher Lowther Unionist
1921 Independent Parliamentary Group
1922 Donald Howard Unionist
1926 Sir Fergus Graham Unionist
1935 Wilfrid Roberts Liberal
1950 Constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 14 December 1918: Cumberland North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Christopher Lowther Unopposed
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Cumberland North [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Donald Howard 8,815 50.8 N/A
Liberal Geoffrey Howard 8,544 49.2 N/A
Majority 271 1.6 N/A
Turnout 17,359 79.9 N/A
Registered electors 21,714
Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1923: Cumberland North [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Donald Howard 9,288 50.6 −0.2
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 9,070 49.4 +0.2
Majority 218 1.2 −0.4
Turnout 18,358 83.2 +3.3
Registered electors 22,075
Unionist hold Swing −0.2
General Election 1924: Cumberland North [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Donald Howard 10,586 54.2 +3.6
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 6,821 34.9 −14.5
Labour B. Brooke 2,125 10.9 N/A
Majority 3,765 19.3 +18.1
Turnout 19,532 86.0 +2.8
Registered electors 22,717
Unionist hold Swing +9.1
North Cumberland by-election, 1926 [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Fergus Graham 8,867 47.8 −6.4
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 6,871 37.1 +2.2
Labour H. W. McIntyre 2,793 15.1 +4.2
Majority 1,996 10.7 −8.6
Turnout 18,331 82.0 −4.0
Registered electors 22,607
Unionist hold Swing −4.3
General Election 1929: Cumberland North [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Fergus Graham 10,392 44.9 −9.3
Liberal Richard Durning Holt 9,661 41.7 +6.8
Labour C. A. O'Donnell 3,092 13.4 +2.5
Majority 731 3.2 −7.5
Turnout 23,145 83.7 −2.3
Registered electors 27,653
Unionist hold Swing −8.1

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Cumberland North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Graham 12,504 52.7
Liberal Wilfrid Roberts 11,277 47.3
Majority 1,277 5.4
Turnout 84.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Cumberland North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Wilfrid Roberts 12,521 51.9
Conservative Fergus Graham 11,627
Majority
Turnout 83.9 -0.7
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

General Election 1939/40:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Cumberland North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Wilfrid Roberts 12,053 50.4
Conservative Ronald Nicholson Carr 11,855 49.6
Majority 198 0.83
Turnout 75.7
Liberal hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cumberland Northern PDivCon Vision of Britain
  2. ^ MPs for Cumberland Northern Hansard Millbank
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig