Portsmouth Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Portsmouth Central
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Hampshire
Major settlements Portsmouth
19181950
Number of members One
Replaced by Portsmouth South and Portsmouth West
Created from Portsmouth

Portsmouth Central was a borough constituency in Portsmouth. 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 for the 1918 general election, when the Representation of the People Act 1918 divided the two-member Portsmouth constituency into three new constituencies; North, South and Central. It was abolished for the 1950 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The County Borough of Portsmouth wards of Buckland, Fratton, Kingston, St Mary, and Town Hall.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Thomas Arthur Bramsdon Liberal
1922 Frank John Privett Conservative
1923 Sir Thomas Arthur Bramsdon Liberal
1924 Sir Harry Seymour Foster Conservative
1929 William George Glenvil Hall Labour
1931 Ralph Beaumont Conservative
1945 Julian Snow Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate 35,964

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir Thomas Arthur Bramsdon 10,929 52.2
Unionist Col. Sir William Thomas Dupree 6,008 28.7
Labour Hugh Hinshelwood 4,004 19.1
Majority 4,921 23.5
Turnout 58.2
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing

A # denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Portsmouth Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Frank John Privett 7,666 26.9 -1.8
National Liberal Sir Thomas Fisher 7,659 26.8 n/a
Liberal Sir Thomas Arthur Bramsdon 7,129 24.9 -27.3
Labour Arthur George Gourd 6,126 21.4 +2.3
Majority 7 0.1 n/a
Turnout
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Portsmouth Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir Thomas Arthur Bramsdon 11,493 38.7 +13.8
Unionist Frank John Privett 10,231 34.4 +7.5
Labour Frank Percy Crozier 7,991 26.9 +5.5
Majority 1,262 4.3
Turnout 78.2
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +3.2
General Election 1924: Portsmouth Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Sir Harry Seymour Foster 14,028 46.1 +11.7
Labour William George Glenvil Hall 10,525 34.5 +7.6
Liberal Francis James Gray 5,926 19.4 -19.3
Majority 3,503 11.6
Turnout 80.3
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929: Portsmouth Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William George Glenvil Hall 15,153 42.4 +7.9
Unionist Sir Thomas W. Comyn-Platt 13,628 38.1 -8.0
Liberal Charles Waley Cohen 6,993 19.5 +0.1
Majority 1,525 4.3 15.9
Turnout 74.3 -6.0
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +7.9

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Portsmouth Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hon. Ralph Edward Blackett Beaumont 24,623 62.9
Labour William George Glenvil Hall 14,512 37.1
Majority 10,111 25.8
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Portsmouth Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hon. Ralph Edward Blackett Beaumont 21,578 60.0
Labour David Freeman 10,733 29.9
Liberal Ernest James Thornley 3,612 10.1
Majority 10,845 30.1
Turnout 71.1
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

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;

General Election 1945: Portsmouth Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julian Ward Snow 14,745 55.3 +25.4
Conservative Ralph Edward Blackett Beaumont 11,345 42.6 -17.4
Democratic Walter R C Foster 561 2.1 n/a
Majority 3,400 12.7 42.8
Turnout 73.5 +2.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +21.4

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