Paisley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Paisley
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlements Paisley
18321983
Number of members One
Replaced by Paisley North
Paisley South

Paisley was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 until 1983, when it was divided into Paisley North and Paisley South. These two constituencies were in turn amalgamated into Paisley and Renfrewshire South and Paisley and Renfrewshire North in 2005.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covered the burgh of Paisley.

The boundaries of the constituency, as set out in the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, were-

"From the Summit of Byres Hill, on the North-east of the Town, in a straight Line to the Point near Knock Hill at which the Renfrew Road is joined by a Road from Glasgow; thence in a straight Line to the Summit of Knock Hill; thence in a straight Line to the Northern Gable of the Moss Toll House on the Greenock Road; thence in a straight Line in the Direction of the Chimney of Linwood Cotton Mill to the Point at which such straight Line cuts the Candren Burn; thence up the Candren Burn to the Point at which the same is joined by the Braidiland Burn at the Bridge over the same on the Johnstone Road; thence up the Braidiland Burn to a Point which is distant Five hundred Yards (measured along the Braidiland Burn) above the said Bridge; thence in a straight Line to Meikleridge Bridge over the Candren Burn; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the old Neilston Road leaves the new Neilston Road; thence in a straight Line to the Summit of Dykebar Hill; thence in a straight Line to a Point which is One hundred Yards due North-east of the Summit of Bathgo Hill; thence in a straight Line to the Point first described."[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1832 Sir John Maxwell
1834 by-election Sir Daniel Keyte Sandford
1835 Alexander Graham Speirs Radical
1836 by-election Archibald Hastie Radical
1857 by-election Humphrey Ewing Crum-Ewing Liberal
1874 William Holms Liberal
1884 by-election Stewart Clark Liberal
1885 William Barbour Liberal
1891 by-election Sir William Dunn Liberal
1906 Sir John Mills McCallum Liberal
1920 by-election H. H. Asquith Liberal
1924 Edward Mitchell Labour
1929 James Welsh Labour
1931 Joseph Maclay Liberal
1945 Viscount Corvedale Labour
1948 by-election Douglas Johnston Labour
1961 by-election John Robertson Labour
1976 Scottish Labour Party (1976)
1979 Allen Adams Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1868: Paisley[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Humphrey Crum-Ewing 1,576
Campbell 921
Archibald Kintrea 421
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Paisley by-election, 1884
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Stewart Clark 3,049 62.8
Conservative Ernest Hamilton 1,806 37.2
Majority 1,243
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1885: Paisley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Barbour 3,390 57.3 -5.5
Conservative Robert Mure McKerrell 2,523 42.7 +5.5
Majority 867
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1886: Paisley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Barbour 3,057 55.1 -2.2
Liberal Unionist James Smith 2,491 44.9 +2.2
Majority 566
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

William Dunn
Paisley by-election, 1891[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dunn 4,145 59.6 +4.5
Conservative Robert Mure McKerrell 2,807 40.4 -4.5
Majority 1,338
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1892: Paisley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dunn 4,262 63.6 +4
Liberal Unionist Christopher N Johnston 2,441 36.4 -4
Majority 1,821
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Paisley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dunn 4,404 59.0 -4.6
Conservative Alexander Moffat 3,063 41.0 +4.6
Majority 1,342
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Sir William Dunn
General Election 1900: Paisley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Dunn 4,532 56.6 -2.4
Conservative George Swinton 3,474 43.4 +2.4
Majority 1,058
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Robert Smillie
General Election 1906: Paisley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Mills McCallum 5,664 52.7 -3.9
Liberal Unionist James Anderson Dunlop MacKean 2,594 24.2 -19.2
Scottish Workers Robert Smillie 2,482 23.1 N/A
Majority 3,070
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

McCallum
General Election January 1910: Paisley[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Mills McCallum 6,812 63.7 +11
Conservative Duncan Campbell 3,890 36.3 +12.1
Majority 2,922
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Paisley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Mills McCallum 6,039 64.3 +0.6
Liberal Unionist Alfred Jephcott 3,350 35.7 -0.6
Majority 2,689
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;

General Election 1918: Paisley[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Mills McCallum 7,542 34.0 -30.3
Co-operative Party John Biggar 7,436 33.5 N/A
National Democratic John Taylor 7,201 32.5 N/A
Majority 106
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
  • No candidate was officially endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Paisley by-election, 1920[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal H. H. Asquith 14,736 48.4 +14.4
Co-operative Party John Biggar 11,902 39.1 +5.6
Unionist James Anderson Dunlop MacKean 3,795 12.5 N/A
Majority 2,834
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1922:Paisley [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal H. H. Asquith 15,005 50.5 +2.1
Labour John Biggar 14,689 49.5 +10.4
Majority 316 1.0 -9.3
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing -4.1
General Election 1923: Paisley [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal H H Asquith 9,723 33.4 -17.1
Labour John Biggar 7,977 27.4 -22.1
Unionist Douglas MacInnes Shaw 7,758 26.6 N/A
Independent Labour D.D. Cormack 3,685 12.6 n/a
Majority 1,746 6.0
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing +2.5
Mitchell
General Election 1924: Paisley [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Mitchell 17,057 53.5 +26.1
Liberal H H Asquith 14,829 46.5 +13.1
Majority 2,228
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929: Paisley[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 22,425 55.8 +2.3
Liberal James McCulloch 10,640 26.5 -20.0
Unionist Minna Cowan 7,094 17.7 n/a
Majority 11,785 29.3
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Paisley [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Maclay 26,187 61.8 +35.3
Labour James C. Welsh 16,183 38.2 -17.6
Majority 10,004 23.6
Turnout 79.4
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Paisley [19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Maclay 22,466 50.4 -11.4
Labour Oliver Baldwin 22,077 49.6 +11.4
Majority 389 0.9
Turnout 44,543 79.7
Liberal 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 and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Paisley[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Oliver Baldwin 25,156 55.6 +6.0
Unionist Tam Galbraith 14,826 32.7 N/A
Liberal Louise Glen-Coats 4,532 10.0 -40.4
Independent Allan Richard Eagles 765 1.7 N/A
Majority 10,330 22.8
Turnout 74.1
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Paisley[22][23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 29,204 56.12 +0.5
Unionist H Black 19,001 36.52 +4.2
Liberal Vaughan M Shaw 3,830 7.36 -2.6
Majority 10,203 19.61 -3.2
Turnout 52,035 84.10 +10.0
Registered electors 61,874
Labour hold Swing -1.85
General Election 1951: Paisley[22][25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 29,570 55.37 -0.75
Unionist John F Wilson 16,545 30.98 -5.54
Liberal Vaughan M Shaw 7,291 13.65 +6.29
Majority 13,025 24.39 +4.78
Turnout 53,406 84.40 +0.30
Registered electors 63,281
Labour hold Swing +2.40
General Election 1955: Paisley[22][27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 26,723 56.41 +1.04
Unionist Robert D Kernohan 20,725 43.59 +12.61
Majority 6,098 12.82 -11.57
Turnout 47,548 76.23 -8.17
Registered electors 62,376
Labour hold Swing -5.79
General Election 1959: Paisley[22][29][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Johnston 28,519 57.30 +0.89
Unionist Geoffrey R Rickman 21,250 42.70 -0.89
Majority 7,269 14.61 +1.79
Turnout 49,769 78.88 +2.65
Registered electors 63,097
Labour hold Swing +0.89

Election in the 1960s[edit]

Paisley by-election, 1961[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 19,200 45.3 -12.0
Liberal John Bannerman 17,542 41.4 N/A
Unionist Geoffrey R. Rickman 5,597 13.1 -29.6
Majority 1,658 3.9 -10.7
Turnout 42,339 68.1 =10.8
Labour hold Swing -26.7
General Election 1964: Paisley[22][31][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 26,318 52.91 -4.39
Liberal John Bannerman 16,837 33.85 N/A
Unionist Maurice Crichton 6,583 13.24 -29.46
Majority 9,481 19.06 +4.45
Turnout 49,738 79.79 +0.91
Registered electors 62,336
Labour hold Swing -19.12
General Election 1966: Paisley[22][33][34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 28,074 59.97 +7.06
Conservative Maurice Crichton 10,871 23.22 +9.98
Liberal Vaughan M Shaw 7,871 16.81 -17.04
Majority 17,203 36.75 +17.69
Turnout 46,816 76.29 -3.50
Registered electors 61,363
Labour hold Swing -1.46

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Paisley[35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 25,429 54.09
Conservative John Cooperwhite Workman 15,232 32.40
SNP Margo MacDonald 3,432 7.30
Liberal Alan Sked 2,918 6.21
Majority 10,197 21.69
Turnout 47,011 71.44
Labour hold Swing
General Election, February 1974: Paisley[36][37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 23,820 48.42 -5.67
Conservative John Cooperwhite Workman 14,923 30.33 -2.07
SNP David Rollo 10,455 21.25 +13.95
Majority 8,897 18.08 -3.61
Turnout 49,198 75.16 +3.72
Labour hold Swing
General Election, October 1974: Paisley[36][38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Robertson 21,368 44.79 -3.62
SNP David Rollo 15,778 33.08 +11.83
Conservative Ian Robertson 7,440 15.60 -14.74
Liberal Donald Thompson 3,116 6.53
Majority 5,590 11.72 -6.36
Turnout 47,702 72.21 -2.95
Labour hold Swing -7.72
General Election, 1979: Paisley[36][39]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Allen Adams 25,894 55.79 +10.99
Conservative George Wills 12,139 26.15 +10.56
SNP David Rollo 7,305 15.74 -17.34
Independent Labour Brian Monaghan 811 1.75
Communist June Janette Tait 145 0.31
Workers Revolutionary Thomas White 122 0.26
Majority 13,755 29.63 +17.91
Turnout 46,416 72.79 +0.58
Labour hold Swing +0.22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, Schedule (M).
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  12. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  14. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  15. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  16. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  17. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  18. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  19. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  20. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  21. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
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