Oldham West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Oldham West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19501997
Number of members one
Replaced by Oldham West and Royton
Created from Oldham

Oldham West was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Oldham in the north-west of Greater Manchester. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

History[edit]

Boundaries[edit]

1950-1983: The County Borough of Oldham wards of Coldhurst, Hartford, Hollinwood, Werneth, and Westwood, and the Urban District of Chadderton.

1983-1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Oldham wards of Chadderton Central, Chadderton North, Chadderton South, Failsworth East, Failsworth West, Hollinwood, and Werneth.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1950 Leslie Hale Labour Previously MP for Oldham from 1945. Resigned May 1968
1968 by-election Bruce Campbell Conservative
1970 Michael Meacher Labour Subsequently MP for Oldham West and Royton
1997 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Oldham West[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leslie Hale 22,533 47.6 N/A
Conservative Ian Horobin 17,740 37.5 N/A
Liberal James Taylor Middleton 6,635 14.0 N/A
Communist W. Mawdsley 438 0.9 N/A
Majority 4,793 10.1 N/A
Turnout 85.1 N/A
Labour win
General Election 1951: Oldham West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leslie Hale 23,712 50.4
Conservative John Grigg 19,517 41.5
Liberal Philip Fothergill 3,823 8.1
Majority 4,195 8.9
Turnout 84.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Oldham West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leslie Hale 23,164 54.6
Conservative John Grigg 19,265 45.4
Majority 3,899 9.2
Turnout 78.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Oldham West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leslie Hale 22,624 55.0
Conservative John Sutcliffe 18,505 45.0
Majority 4,119 10.0
Turnout 79.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Oldham West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leslie Hale 21,588 58.8
Conservative William Arthur Bromley-Davenport 15,152 41.2
Majority 6,436 17.5
Turnout 75.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Oldham West[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leslie Hale 20,648 61.2
Conservative Bruce Campbell 13,076 38.8
Majority 7,572 22.5
Turnout 72.4
Labour hold Swing
Oldham West by-election, 1968[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bruce Campbell 11,904 46.5 +7.7
Labour Michael Meacher 8,593 33.6 -27.6
All-Party Alliance John Creasey 3,389 13.2 N/A
Liberal David Green 1,707 6.7 N/A
Majority 3,311 12.9
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Oldham West[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Meacher 16,062 48.1
Conservative Bruce Campbell 14,387 43.1
Liberal Brian Lomax 2,944 8.8 N/A
Majority 1,675 5.0
Turnout 67.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Oldham West[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Meacher 17,933 48.4
Conservative David Trippier 11,628 31.4
Liberal Anthony Limont 7,505 20.3
Majority 6,305 17.0
Turnout 77.8
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Oldham West[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Meacher 18,444 53.2
Conservative David Trippier 10,407 30.0
Liberal K. Stocks 5,838 16.8
Majority 8,037 23.2
Turnout 72.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Oldham West[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Meacher 17,802 52.4
Conservative J. Smith 12,025 35.4
Liberal K. Stocks 3,604 10.6
National Front G. Halliwell 515 1.5
Majority 5,777 17.0
Turnout 72.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Oldham West[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Meacher 17,690 44.1
Conservative David Dickinson 14,510 36.2
Liberal Rodney A. M. Smith 7,745 19.3
Independent James Street 180 0.5 N/A
Majority 3,180 7.9
Turnout 69.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1987: Oldham West[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Meacher 20,291 49.4 +5.3
Conservative Joan Jacobs 14,324 34.9 -1.3
Liberal Mary Mason 6,478 15.8 -3.5
Majority 5,967 14.5 +6.6
Turnout 71.9 +2.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Oldham West[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Meacher 21,580 52.8 +3.4
Conservative Jonathan Gillen 13,247 32.4 -2.5
Liberal Democrat John D. Smith 5,525 13.5 -2.3
Natural Law Sheila Dalling 551 1.3 N/A
Majority 8,333 20.4 +5.9
Turnout 40,903 75.6 +3.8
Labour hold Swing +2.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O"
  2. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1950. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1951. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1955. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1959. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1964. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1966. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "1968 By Elections". British Elections Ephemera Archive. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1970. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Politics Resources". Election February 1974. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Politics Resources". Election October 1974. Politics Resources. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1979. Politics Resources. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1983. Politics Resources. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1987. Politics Resources. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.