Reading South (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Reading South in Berkshire, boundaries 1974-83
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|Replaced by||Reading East, Reading West and Wokingham|
Reading South 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 South 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 South constituency was recreated in 1974, when the majority comprised areas outside the County Borough. In 1983 the constituencies in Reading were reorganised, creating the new constituencies of Reading East and Reading West.
Boundaries and boundary changes
1950–1955: The County Borough of Reading wards of Church, East, Katesgrove, Minster, Redlands, and West.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Reading wards of Christchurch, Park, Redlands, and Whitley, and in the Rural District of Wokingham the parishes of Arborfield and Newland, Barkham, Earley, Finchampstead, Shinfield, Sonning, Swallowfield, Winnersh, and Woodley and Sandford.
The Park ward of the County Borough of Reading was transferred from Wokingham, along with western parts of the Rural District thereof. The remaining wards of the County Borough were previously part of the abolished Borough Constituency of Reading.
The constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election, with the majority forming the basis of the new County Constituency of Reading East. The north-western parts transferred back to Wokingham.
Members of Parliament
|1955||constituency abolished – see Reading|
|Feb 1974||Gerard Vaughan||Conservative|
|1983||constituency abolished – see Reading East and Reading West|
Elections in the 1970s
|Liberal||Keith Ernest Vincent Watts||10,642||19.06||-10.56|
|Ecology||Peter George Chaloner Dunn||700||1.25|
|Liberal||Paul Richard Burall||15,293||29.62||-3.51|
|Liberal||Paul Richard Burall||18,376||33.13|
|Labour||Gerd Hugo Kaufman||13,358||24.08|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour win (new seat)|
Politics and history of the constituency
The Reading South parliamentary constituency was first created for the 1950 general election by splitting the previous parliamentary constituency of Reading into North and South divisions. The seat was contested and won for the Labour Party by Ian Mikardo, the sitting MP for the Reading constituency, who held the seat until it was merged back into a single Reading constituency for the 1955 general election.
The Reading South constituency was recreated in 1974, when it was contested and won for the Conservative Party by Gerard Vaughan, the sitting MP for the Reading constituency. For the 1983 general election the constituencies in Reading were reorganised, creating the new constituencies of Reading East and Reading West. Gerard Vaughan went on to hold the Reading East constituency until he stood down at the 1997 general election.
- "'Reading South', February 1974 – May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- S., Craig, Fred W. (1972). Boundaries of parliamentary constituencies 1885-1972;. Chichester,: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0900178094. OCLC 539011.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results May 1979". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results February 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951.
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