Poplar South (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Poplar
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members one
Replaced by Poplar
Created from Poplar

Poplar South (strictly South Poplar, although this is an unusual form of official name for a borough constituency) was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Poplar district of the East End of London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Poplar South in the County of London, boundaries 1918-50

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election. It was then largely replaced by a new Poplar constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

Poplar Metropolitan Borough ward boundaries in 1916

The Metropolitan Borough of Poplar wards of Bromley Central, Bromley South East, Poplar Cubitt Town, Poplar East, Poplar Millwall, Poplar North West, and Poplar West.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Alfred William Yeo Liberal
1922 Samuel March Labour
1931 David Adams Labour
1942 by-election William Guy Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Poplar

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: South Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal 8,571 49.4
Labour Samuel March 4,446 25.6
NFDDSS Capt. Wilfrid T. Allen 4,339 25.0
Majority 4,125 23.8
Turnout 36,077 48.1
Liberal hold Swing N/A
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: South Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel March 14,484 58.8
National Liberal Sir Alfred Yeo 10,146 41.2
Majority 4,338 17.6
Turnout 37,026 66.5
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +20.7
General Election 1923: South Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel March 14,537 64.8 +6.0
Liberal Harold Heathcote-Williams 7,899 35.2 -6.0
Majority 6,638 29.6 +12.0
Turnout 37,681 59.5 -7.0
Labour hold Swing +6.0
General Election 1924: South Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel March 16,224 62.6
Liberal Harold Heathcote-Williams 9,709 37.4
Majority 6,515 25.2
Turnout 38,336 67.6
Labour hold Swing -2.2
General Election 1929: South Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samuel March 19,696 64.8 +2.2
Liberal Harold Heathcote-Williams 7,185 23.6 -13.8
Unionist Elliot Marcet Gorst 3,532 11.6 n/a
Majority 12,511 41.2 +16.0
Turnout 47,845 63.6 -4.0
Labour hold Swing +8.0

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: South Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Morgan Adams 16,253 57.6
Liberal Herbert L.M. Jones 11,965 42.4
Majority 4,288 15.2
Turnout 48,166 58.6
Labour hold Swing -13.0
General Election 1935: Poplar, South Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Morgan Adams 18,715 73.2
Conservative Mrs. Diana V.C.E. Spearman 6,862 26.8
Majority 11,853 46.4
Turnout 46,231 55.3
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Poplar South by-election, 1942
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Henry Guy 3,375 86.2
Christian Socialist Rev. P.H. Figgis 541 13.8
Majority 2,834 72.4
Turnout 42,034 9.3
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1945: South Poplar
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Henry Guy 11,620 89.2
Conservative Joan Helen Vickers 1,403 10.8
Majority 10,217 78.4
Turnout 19,667 66.2
Labour hold Swing N/A

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