Otley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Otley
Former constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of members one
Replaced by Keighley, Pudsey and Otley, Shipley and Skipton
Created from Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire

Otley was a parliamentary constituency between 1885 and 1918 centred on the town of Otley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire and now in West Yorkshire. It 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.

History[edit]

The constituency was created when the two-member Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire was divided by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election in six new single-member constituencies. It was abolished for the 1918 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new Pudsey & Otley constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 provided that the constituency was to consist of-

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member Party
1885 Sir Andrew Fairbairn Liberal
1886 John Barran Liberal
1895 Marmaduke Wyvill Conservative
1900 Hastings Duncan Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Frederick Fison
General Election 1885: Otley [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Andrew Fairbairn 5,050 n/a
Conservative Frederick Fison 3,643 n/a
Majority 1,407 n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Otley [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Barran 4,245
Liberal Unionist Andrew Fairbairn 3,361
Majority 884
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Otley [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Barran 4,713
Conservative Marmaduke Wyvill 4,023
Majority 690
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
M.D. Wyvill
General Election 1895: Otley [5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Marmaduke Wyvill 4,670
Liberal John Barran 4,622
Majority 48 0.6
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Hastings Duncan
General Election 1900: Otley [7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Duncan 5,327 52.9
Conservative Marmaduke Wyvill 4,747 47.1
Majority 580 5.8
Turnout 11,397 78.2
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1906: Otley [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Duncan 6,307
Conservative William Whittaker Thompson 4,658
Majority 1,649
Turnout 10,965
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Otley [10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Duncan 6,911
Conservative William Whittaker Thompson 5,010
Majority 1,901
Turnout 11,921
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Otley [12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Duncan 6,151
Conservative William Whittaker Thompson 4,892
Majority 1259
Turnout 11,143
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
  2. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  3. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  4. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  5. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  9. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  10. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  11. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  12. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  13. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916