South Worcestershire (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Worcestershire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Worcestershire
19501997
Number of members One
Replaced by West Worcestershire, Mid Worcestershire
Created from Evesham and Bewdley

South Worcestershire was a parliamentary constituency which 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.

The constituency was created for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

History[edit]

Boundaries[edit]

1950-1983: The Municipal Borough of Evesham, the Urban District of Malvern, and the Rural Districts of Evesham, Pershore, and Upton-on-Severn.

1983-1997: The District of Wychavon wards of Badsey, Bredon, Bretforton and Offenham, Broadway, Eckington, Elmley Castle, Evesham East, Evesham Hampton, Evesham North, Evesham South, Evesham West, Fladbury, Harvington and Norton, Honeybourne and Pebworth, Pershore Holy Cross, Pershore St Andrew's, Somerville, South Bredon Hill, The Littletons, and Wickhamford, and the District of Malvern Hills wards of Chase, Kempsey, Langland, Link, Longdon, Morton, Powyke, Priory, Ripple, The Hanleys, Trinity, Upton-on-Severn, Wells, and West.

The main settlements in the seat were Great Malvern, Pershore, and the market town of Evesham. At the 1997 general election, Great Malvern and Pershore were transferred to the new seat of West Worcestershire and Evesham was transferred to the redrawn seat of Mid Worcestershire.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1950 Rupert de la Bere Conservative Previously MP for Evesham from 1935
1955 Peter Agnew Conservative
1966 Gerald Nabarro Conservative Died in office November 1973; no by-election held
Feb 1974 Michael Spicer Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Mid Worcestershire & West Worcestershire

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: South Worcestershire[2][3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rupert de la Bère 26,948 63.23 N/A
Labour Patrick Tennyson-Hopwood 15,668 36.77 N/A
Majority 11,280 26.47 N/A
Turnout 42,616 80.18 N/A
Registered electors 53,148
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1951: South Worcestershire[5][6][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rupert de la Bère 27,229 65.36 +2.13
Labour Patrick Tennyson-Hopwood 14,434 34.64 −2.13
Majority 12,795 30.71 +4.24
Turnout 41,663 75.91 −4.27
Registered electors 54,883
Conservative hold Swing +2.13
General Election 1955: South Worcestershire[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Agnew 26,811 65.97 +0.61
Labour Eric LJ Thorne 13,831 34.03 −0.61
Majority 12,980 31.94 +1.23
Turnout 40,642 72.93 −2.98
Registered electors 55,730
Conservative hold Swing +0.61
General Election 1959: South Worcestershire[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Agnew 25,824 59.23 −6.74
Labour David Young 10,884 24.96 −9.07
Liberal Emrys Hillary L Harries 6,890 15.80 N/A
Majority 14,940 34.27 +2.33
Turnout 43,598 75.62 +2.59
Registered electors 57,657
Conservative hold Swing −6.74

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: South Worcestershire[11][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Agnew 23,740 51.19 −8.04
Liberal Anthony Batchelor 11,503 24.80 +9.00
Labour Stephen Drewer 6,448 24.01 −0.95
Majority 12,237 26.38 −7.89
Turnout 46,380 77.26 +1.64
Registered electors 60,030
Conservative hold Swing −8.52
General Election 1966: South Worcestershire[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Nabarro 24,198 51.72 +0.53
Labour Kenneth A Gulleford 13,114 28.03 +4.02
Liberal Robin G Otter 9,476 20.25 −4.55
Majority 11,084 23.69 −2.69
Turnout 46,788 75.56 −1.75
Registered electors 61,918
Conservative hold Swing −8.52

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: South Worcestershire[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gerald Nabarro 30,648 60.39 +8.67
Labour Adrian Bailey 12,839 25.30 −2.73
Liberal John C Hall 7,262 14.31 −5.94
Majority 17,809 35.09 +11.40
Turnout 50,749 72.09 −3.47
Registered electors 70,395
Conservative hold Swing +5.70
General Election, February 1974: South Worcestershire[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Spicer 28,126 47.12 −13.27
Liberal John Percy Birch 20,961 35.11 +20.80
Labour David Philip Pugsley 9,757 16.35 −8.95
Independent Conservative Geoffrey Hunt 850 1.42 N/A
Majority 7,165 12.00 −23.09
Turnout 59,694 81.77 +9.68
Registered electors 72,998
Conservative hold Swing −14.19
General Election, October 1974: South Worcestershire[18][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Spicer 26,790 48.39 +1.27
Liberal John Percy Birch 17,739 32.04 −3.08
Labour Stuart Randall 10,838 19.58 +3.23
Majority 9,052 16.35 +4.35
Turnout 55,366 75.15 −6.62
Registered electors 73,674
Conservative hold Swing +2.18
General Election 1979: South Worcestershire[18][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Spicer 34,926 57.14 +8.75
Liberal Ivor David Philips 14,272 23.35 −8.69
Labour Gareth Daniel 10,206 16.70 −2.88
Ecology Guy Woodford 1,722 2.72 N/A
Majority 20,654 33.79 +17.24
Turnout 61,126 77.34 +2.19
Registered electors 79,036
Conservative hold Swing +8.72

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: South Worcestershire[22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Spicer 30,095 55.77 −1.37
Liberal Ivor Philips 18,706 34.66 +11.32
Labour Peter Sandland-Nielson 4,183 7.75 −8.95
Ecology Guy Woodford 866 1.60 −1.12
Independent Graham Pass 113 0.21 N/A
Majority 11,389 21.11 −12.68
Turnout 53,963 73.64 −3.70
Registered electors 73,278
Conservative hold Swing -6.35
General Election 1987: South Worcestershire[22][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Spicer 32,277 55.30 −0.47
Liberal Paul Chandler 18,632 31.92 −2.75
Labour Robert Garnett 6,374 10.92 +3.17
Green Guy Woodford 1,089 1.87 +0.26
Majority 13,645 23.38 +2.27
Turnout 58,372 75.58 +1.94
Registered electors 77,237
Conservative hold Swing +1.14

Election in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: South Worcestershire[22][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Spicer 34,792 54.09 −1.22
Liberal Democrat Paul Chandler 18,641 28.97 −2.95
Labour Nigel Knowles 9,727 15.12 +4.20
Green Guy Woodford 1,178 1.83 −0.03
Majority 16,151 25.10 +1.72
Turnout 64,338 80.26 +4.68
Registered electors 80,157
Conservative hold Swing +0.87

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
  2. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results February 1950". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  3. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1950. 
  4. ^ a b Edward-Few, Nigel. "(John) Patrick Tennyson-Hopwood". Family Announcements. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1951". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  6. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951. 
  7. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results May 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  8. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955. 
  9. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  10. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1959. 
  11. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1964". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  12. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1964. 
  13. ^ "Echoes from the past". Malvern Gazette. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results March 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  15. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1966. 
  16. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1970". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  17. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1970. 
  18. ^ a b c "'Worcestershire South', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  19. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results February 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  20. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  21. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1979". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  22. ^ a b c "'Worcestershire South', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  23. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results June 1983". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  24. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results June 1987". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  25. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results April 1992". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016.