Southwark South East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Southwark South East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members one
Replaced by Southwark
Created from Walworth

Southwark (Br [ˈsʌðɨk])[1] South East was a parliamentary constituency in the Metropolitan Borough of Southwark, in South London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Southwark South East in the Parliamentary County of London, 1918-49
A map showing the wards of Southwark Metropolitan Borough as they appeared in 1916.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new Southwark constituency.

The constituency comprised the wards of St. George, St. John and St. Peter. It covered most of East Walworth and Faraday wards, together with a sliver of Grange ward, in the modern day London Borough of Southwark.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 James Arthur Dawes Coalition Liberal
1921 by-election Thomas Ellis Naylor Labour
1922 Maurice Alexander National Liberal
1923 Thomas Ellis Naylor Labour
1931 Evelyn George Harcourt Powell Conservative
1935 Thomas Ellis Naylor Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

J.A. Dawes
General Election 1918: Southwark South East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal 7,208 72.6 n/a
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 2,718 27.4 n/a
Majority 4,490 45.2 n/a
Turnout n/a
Liberal win
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Southwark South East by-election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 6,561 57.0 29.6
Coalition Liberal Thomas Owen Jacobsen 2,636 22.9 -49.7
Independent Unionist Horace Louis Petit Boot 2,307 20.1 N/A
Majority 3,925 34.1 N/A
Turnout 11,504 38.5 -6.7
Labour gain from Coalition Liberal Swing 39.6
M. Alexander
General Election 1922: Southwark South East [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Maurice Alexander 10,014 56.4
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 7,734 43.6
Majority 2,280 12.8
Turnout 58.2
National Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1923: Southwark South East [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 9,374 54.3 +10.7
Liberal Maurice Alexander 7,884 45.7 -10.7
Majority 1,490 8.6 21.4
Turnout 55.7 -2.5
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +10.7
General Election 1924: Southwark South East [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 11,635 54.3
Unionist Geoffrey William Lloyd 7,387 34.5
Liberal Elsie Cawson Elias 2,388 11.2
Majority 4,248 19.8
Turnout 68.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1929: Southwark South East [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 13,527 60.4 +6.1
Liberal William John Squire 4,766 21.3 +10.1
Unionist Evelyn George Harcourt Powell 4,086 18.3 -16.2
Majority 8,761 39.1 +19.3
Turnout 58.9 -9.2
Labour hold Swing -2.0

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Southwark South East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Evelyn George Harcourt Powell 11,063 53.3
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 9,678 46.7
Majority 1,385 6.7
Turnout 20,741 54.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Southwark South East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 11,942 63.2
Conservative Evelyn George Harcourt Powell 6,945 36.8
Majority 4,997 26.5
Turnout 18,887 53.3
Labour gain from Conservative 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: Southwark South East[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Ellis Naylor 9,599 76.9
Conservative James Mantle Greenwood 2,881 23.1
Majority 6,718 53.8
Turnout 60.8
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southwark", in The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World (1952), New York: Columbia University Press.
  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. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  10. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig