Rutland and Stamford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Rutland and Stamford
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Lincolnshire and Rutland
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Rutland & Melton
Stamford & Spalding
Created from Rutland and Stamford

Rutland and Stamford was a county constituency comprising the area centred on the town of Stamford in Lincolnshire, and the county of Rutland. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, using the first-past-the-post voting system.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1983 general election. It was succeeded by the Rutland and Melton and Stamford and Spalding constituencies.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The administrative county of Rutland, the Municipal Borough of Stamford, the Urban District of Bourne, the Rural Districts of Bourne and Uffington, and part of the Rural District of Grantham.

1950-1983: The administrative county of Rutland, the Municipal Borough of Stamford, the Urban District of Bourne, the Rural District of South Kesteven, and parts of the Rural Districts of East Kesteven and West Kesteven.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party[1]
1918 Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby Conservative
1922 Charles Harvey Dixon Conservative
1923 by-election Neville Woodford Smith-Carington Conservative
1933 by-election Lord Willoughby de Eresby Conservative
1950 Sir Roger Conant Conservative
1959 Kenneth Lewis Conservative
1983 Constituency abolished. See Rutland & Melton and Stamford & Spalding

In 1983 Rutland became part of the Rutland and Melton constituency along with Melton borough and part of Harborough district in Leicestershire.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Rutland and Stamford[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 8,838 53.6 n/a
Labour Fleming Eccles 7,639 46.4 n/a
Majority 1,199 7.2 n/a
Turnout 61.8 n/a
Unionist win
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Rutland and Stamford[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Charles Harvey Dixon 10,278 46.8
Labour Fleming Eccles 7,236 32.9
National Farmers' Union E. Clark 4,471 20.3 n/a
Majority 3,042 13.9
Turnout 81.2
Unionist hold Swing
Rutland and Stamford by-election, 1923[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Neville Woodford Smith-Carington 11,196 57.1
Labour Arthur Sells 8,406 42.9
Majority 2,790 14.2
Turnout 71.5
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Rutland and Stamford[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Neville Woodford Smith-Carington 10,803 51.4
Liberal Frank Stapledon Hiley 5,203 24.8
Labour Arthur Sells 5,005 23.8
Majority 5,600 26.6
Turnout 76.7
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924: Rutland and Stamford[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Neville Woodford Smith-Carington 13,286 66.7
Labour H F Wheeler 6,633 33.3
Majority 6,653 33.4
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929: Rutland and Stamford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Neville Woodford Smith-Carington 12,607 47.4 -19.3
Labour Henry James Jones 7,403 27.9 -5.4
Liberal Harry Payne 6,561 24.7 n/a
Majority 5,204 19.5 -13.9
Turnout 76.7
Unionist hold Swing -6.9

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Rutland and Stamford[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Neville Woodford Smith-Carington 19,086 71.9
Labour F E Church 7,446 28.1
Majority 11,640 43.8
Turnout 75.3
Conservative hold Swing
Rutland and Stamford by-election, 1933
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby 14,605 53.3
Labour Arnold William Gray 12,818 46.7
Majority 1,787 6.6
Turnout 77.2
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Rutland and Stamford[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby 16,799 59.9
Labour Arnold William Gray 11,238 40.1
Majority
Turnout 78.4
Conservative 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;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Rutland and Stamford[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby 15,359 53.7
Labour Arnold William Gray 13,223 46.3
Majority 2,136 7.4
Turnout 72.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Rutland and Stamford[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Conant 16,498 49.6
Labour Tom Bradley 13,712 41.3
Liberal Cyril Valentine 3,024 9.1
Majority 2,786 8.3
Turnout 83.8
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Rutland and Stamford[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Conant 17,850 54.1
Labour Tom Bradley 15,127 45.9
Majority 2,723 8.2
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Rutland and Stamford[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Conant 17,675 54.3
Labour Tom Bradley 14,856 45.7
Majority 2,819 3.7
Turnout 32,531 79.7
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Rutland and Stamford[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Lewis 19,078 57.4
Labour Christopher S B Attlee 14,137 42.6
Majority 4,941 14.9
Turnout 33,215
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Rutland and Stamford[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Lewis 18,720 55.5 -
Labour Co-op A Victor Butler 14,990 44.5 -
Majority 3,730 11.0 -
Turnout 79.3 -
Conservative hold Swing -
General Election 1966: Rutland and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Lewis 17,991 53.4 -
Labour Co-op A Victor Butler 15,704 46.6 -
Majority 2,287 6.8 -
Turnout 33,695 - -
Conservative hold Swing -

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Rutland and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Lewis 22,803 60.1 -
Labour Henry Toch 15,136 39.9 -
Majority 7,667 20.2 -
Turnout 37,939 75.0 -
Conservative hold Swing -
General Election February 1974: Rutland and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Lewis 21,088 47.25 -
Labour A.J. Byrne 12,203 27.34 -
Liberal David Howie 11,336 25.40 -
Majority 8,885 19.91 -
Turnout 82.40 -
Conservative hold Swing -
General Election October 1974: Rutland and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Lewis 19,101 46.2 -
Labour Malcolm R.C. Withers 12,111 29.3 -
Liberal David Howie 10,113 24.5 -
Majority 6,990 16.9 -
Turnout 41,325 72.0 -
Conservative hold Swing -
General Election 1979: Rutland and Stamford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Lewis 26,198 56.48 -
Labour Malcolm R.C. Withers 11,383 24.54 -
Liberal P. Blaine 8,801 18.98 -
Majority 14,815 31.94 -
Turnout 78.08 -
Conservative hold Swing -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  10. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  12. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  13. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  14. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  15. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  16. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973