South Buckinghamshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Buckinghamshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Buckinghamshire
19501974 (1974)
Number of members One
Replaced by Beaconsfield and Chesham & Amersham
Created from Aylesbury and Eton & Slough

South Buckinghamshire was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Buckinghamshire, England. From 1950 to 1974, 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 voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1950 as part of the first general review of seats by a permanent Boundary Commission for England which had been established in 1944. Before 1950 the area had been split between the constituencies of Aylesbury and Eton & Slough.

The constituency existed until the February 1974 general election, when major boundary changes split the area between the new constituencies of Beaconsfield and Chesham & Amersham.

Boundaries[edit]

The Urban District of Beaconsfield, the Rural District of Eton, and in the Rural District of Amersham the civil parishes of Amersham, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter, Chenies, Chesham Bois, Coleshill, Penn, and Seer Green.

South Buckinghamshire was a county constituency and a division of the administrative county of Buckinghamshire. It comprised part of southern Buckinghamshire, bordering Aylesbury to the north, Wycombe to the west and Eton and Slough to the south.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1950 Ronald Bell Conservative
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: South Buckinghamshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald McMillan Bell 26,865 58.6 N/A
Labour Cyril Alfred Dee 11,389 23.9 N/A
Liberal Bruce Henning Belfrage 7,559 16.5 N/A
Majority 15,476 33.7 N/A
Turnout 45,813 85.7 N/A
Conservative win
General Election 1951: South Buckinghamshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald McMillan Bell 30,976 68.61
Labour Cyril Alfred Dee 14,170 31.39
Majority 16,806 37.23
Turnout 80.08
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: South Buckinghamshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald McMillan Bell 29,165 61.75
Labour William E. Robinson 11,184 23.68
Liberal Oswald Patrick O'Brien Brunner 6,885 14.58
Majority 17,981 38.07
Turnout 78.07
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: South Buckinghamshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald McMillan Bell 34,154 59.10
Labour Richard J Sankey 13,050 22.58
Liberal Ralph Kilner Brown 10,589 18.32
Majority 21,104 36.52
Turnout 79.75
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: South Buckinghamshire[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald McMillan Bell 33,905 52.75
Liberal Ralph Kilner Brown 16,151 25.13
Labour John Ryan 14,216 22.12
Majority 17,754 27.62
Turnout 78.89
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1966: South Buckinghamshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald McMillan Bell 33,997 51.24
Labour Frank Ernest Field 17,005 25.63
Liberal Harry T. Cowie 15,348 23.13
Majority 16,992 25.61
Turnout 66,350 80.20
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: South Buckinghamshire[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald McMillan Bell 40,039 58.7
Labour Keith Davison 16,465 24.1
Liberal Iain Meiklejohn Fowler 11,750 17.2
Majority 23,574 34.5
Turnout 68,254 72.0
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  4. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  5. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig

Sources[edit]

  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F. W. S. Craig (Political Reference Publications, 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1983).