Nottingham Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Nottingham Central
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1918–February 1974
Number of members one
Replaced by Nottingham East,
Nottingham North

Nottingham Central was a borough constituency in the city of Nottingham. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the February 1974 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The County Borough of Nottingham wards of Forest, Market, Robin Hood, St Ann's, and Sherwood.

1950-1955: The County Borough of Nottingham wards of Forest, Market, Robin Hood, St Mary's, and Sherwood, and the Rural District of Nottingham.

1955-1974: The County Borough of Nottingham wards of Forest, Manvers, Market, Radford, and St Ann's, and the Rural District of Nottingham.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member Party
1918 Albert Atkey Unionist
1922 Reginald Berkeley Liberal
1924 Albert Bennett Unionist
1930 Sir Terence O'Connor Conservative
1940 Sir Frederick Sykes Conservative
1945 Geoffrey de Freitas Labour
1950 Ian Winterbottom Labour
1955 John Cordeaux Conservative
1964 Jack Dunnett Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 10,552 63.8
Liberal Edmund Huntsman 3,988 24.1
National Party Arthur Kitson 1,999 12.1
Majority 6,564 39.7
Turnout 51.0
Unionist win
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Reginald Berkeley 11,481 50.0 +25.9
Unionist Albert Atkey 11,459 50.0 -13.8
Majority 22 0.0 39.7
Turnout 68.9 +17.9
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +19.9
General Election 1923: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Reginald Berkeley 13,208 53.7 +3.7
Unionist Albert Atkey 11,403 46.3 -3.7
Majority 1,805 7.4 +7.4
Turnout 72.8
Liberal hold Swing +3.7
General Election 1924: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Albert Bennett 15,107 57.3
Labour William Henderson Coultate 6,852 26.0 n/a
Liberal Charles Roberts 4,409 16.7
Majority 8,255 31.3
Turnout 76.6
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Albert Bennett 14,571 41.7 -15.6
Labour Eleanor Barton 11,573 33.2 +7.2
Liberal Arthur Brampton 8,738 25.1 +8.4
Majority 2,998 8.5 -22.8
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing -11.4

Elections 1930-45[edit]

Nottingham Central by-election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Terence O'Connor 14,946 54.3 +12.6
Labour Co-op Alfred Waterson 7,923 28.8 −4.4
Liberal Reginald Berkeley 4,648 16.9 −8.2
Majority 7,023 25.5 +17.0
Turnout 61.1 −16.3
Conservative hold Swing +8.5
General Election 1931: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Terence O'Connor 25,828 77.42
Labour Alfred Waterson 7,532 22.58
Majority 18,296 54.84
Turnout 75.50
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Terence O'Connor 18,706 64.73
Labour John William Allitt 10,193 35.27
Majority 8,513 29.46
Turnout 68.89
Conservative hold 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;

Nottingham Central by-election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Sykes unopposed n/a n/a
Conservative hold Swing n/a
General Election 1945: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoffrey de Freitas 13,681 48.39 n/a
Conservative Frederick Sykes 10,947 38.72 n/a
Liberal D Craven Griffiths 3,644 12.89 n/a
Majority 2,734 9.67 n/a
Turnout 73.88 n/a
Labour gain from Conservative Swing n/a

Elections 1950-70[edit]

General Election 1950: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Winterbottom 19,237 46.31
Conservative Robert Cary 17,487 42.10
Liberal John Michael Glyn-Barton 4,814 11.59
Majority 1,750 4.21
Turnout 82.86
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Winterbottom 20,517 50.17
Conservative J Anthony H Crean 20,378 49.83
Majority 139 0.34
Turnout 81.37
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cordeaux 20,903 50.92
Labour Ian Winterbottom 20,145 49.08
Majority 758 1.85
Turnout 72.70
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1959: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cordeaux 24,004 52.33
Labour Ian Winterbottom 21,869 47.67
Majority 2,135 4.65
Turnout 87.39
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1964: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Dunnett 21,040 52.66
Conservative John Cordeaux 18,912 47.34
Majority 2,128 5.33
Turnout 71.36
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1966: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Dunnett 21,348 58.86
Conservative Antony EJ Mitton 14,922 41.14
Majority 6,426 17.72
Turnout 67.74
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Nottingham Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Dunnett 17,638 55.61
Conservative Bernard Brook-Partridge 14,079 44.39
Majority 3,559 11.22
Turnout 60.15
Labour hold Swing

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