Reading North (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|Replaced by||Reading East and Reading West|
Reading North was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The constituency covered an area in and around the town of Reading in the county of Berkshire.
The Reading North parliamentary constituency was first created for the 1950 general election by splitting the previous parliamentary constituency of Reading into North and South divisions. These constituencies were merged back into a single Reading constituency in for the 1955 general election.
The Reading North constituency was recreated in 1974, when it was contested and won for the Conservative Party by Tony Durant. In 1983 the constituencies in Reading were reorganised, creating the new constituencies of Reading East and Reading West. Tony Durant went on to hold the Reading West constituency until 1997.
In both its incarnations, the constituency included Reading town centre.
1950-1955: The County Borough of Reading wards of Abbey, Battle, Castle, Caversham East, Caversham West, Tilehurst, and Victoria.
1974-1983: The County Borough of Reading wards of Abbey, Battle, Castle, Caversham, Katesgrove, Minster, Norcot, Thames, and Tilehurst.
Members of Parliament
|1955||constituency abolished: see Reading|
|Feb 1974||Tony Durant||Conservative|
|1983||constituency abolished: see Reading East & Reading West|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour||D. M. Mason||17,662||35.61|
|National Front||P. Baker||554||1.12|
|Independent||L. W. Edwards||126||0.25|
|Labour||M. J. Denby||18,266||39.15|
|National Front||P. Baker||594||1.27|
|Labour||M. J. Denby||17,615||34.72||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)
- "UK General Elections since 1832". Election results 1974–1979. Retrieved 3 July 2005.