North West Lanarkshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°49′41″N 4°03′36″W / 55.828°N 4.060°W / 55.828; -4.060

North West Lanarkshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland county of Lanark
18851918
Number of members One

North West Lanarkshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster) from 1885 to 1918. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

The name relates the constituency to the county of Lanark. The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the North-West division was to consist of "so much of the Parish of Barony as lies beyond the present boundary of the municipal burgh of Glasgow and to the east of the main line of railway before mentioned (main line of railway between Glasgow and Edinburgh of the North British Railway Company (being the old Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway), and the parishes of Cadder and Old Monkland".[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1885 John Baird Conservative
1886 Robert Cunninghame-Graham Liberal
1892 Graeme Alexander Lockhart Whitelaw Conservative
1895 John Goundry Holburn Liberal
1899 b-e Charles Mackinnon Douglas Liberal
1906 William Mitchell-Thompson Conservative
Jan. 1910 William Pringle Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: North West Lanarkshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Baird 4,545 n/a
Liberal Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham 3,442 n/a
Majority n/a
Turnout n/a
Conservative win (new seat)
Cunninghame Graham
General Election 1886: North West Lanarkshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham 4,030
Conservative John Baird 3,698
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: North West Lanarkshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graeme Alexander Whitelaw 4,770
Liberal James C.R. Reade 4,689
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1895: North West Lanarkshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Goundry Holburn 5,244
Conservative Graeme Alexander Whitelaw 5,147
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
By-election 21 Feb 1899: North West Lanarkshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Mackinnon Douglas 5,723
Conservative Graeme Alexander Whitelaw 5,364
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: North West Lanarkshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Mackinnon Douglas 5,505
Liberal Unionist Lewis Edmunds 5,214
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1906: North West Lanarkshire [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Lowson Mitchell-Thomson 5,588 40.5
Liberal Charles Mackinnon Douglas 4,913 35.6
Scottish Workers Joseph Sullivan 3,291 23.9 n/a
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

William Pringle
General Election Jan 1910: North West Lanarkshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Mather Rutherford Pringle 8,422
Conservative William Lowson Mitchell-Thomson 7,528
Labour Robert Small 1,718
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election Dec 1910: North West Lanarkshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Mather Rutherford Pringle 9,315
Conservative Arthur Stanley Pringle 8,486
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

References[edit]

  1. ^ Redistribution of Seats Act, 1885, Seventh Schedule, Part II
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  5. ^ a b c Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  7. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1916