Stockport North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stockport North
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19501983
Number of members one
Replaced by Denton & Reddish and Stockport
Created from Stockport

Stockport North was a borough constituency which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1950 until 1983.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was an urban one, originally located in the County of Cheshire and comprising wards of the County Borough of Stockport (and in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport from April 1974 until the seat's abolition in 1983). In 1950 it was defined as the following wards:

  • Edgeley
  • Heaton Lane
  • Heaton Norris North
  • Heaton Norris South
  • Hollywood
  • Lancashire Hill
  • Old Road
  • Reddish North
  • Reddish South

All these wards had previously been part of the two-member constituency of Stockport.

A minor change in boundaries was made at the February 1974 election, because of changes in ward boundaries which had taken effect in 1971. The constituency was defined as the following wards:

  • Cheadle Heath
  • Edgeley
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Heaton Mersey
  • Heaton Moor
  • Heaton Norris
  • Lancashire Hill
  • Longford
  • Reddish Green

The constituency was abolished at the 1983 general election, with 60% of the electorate going to the new single-member Stockport constituency, and 40% going to form the new Denton and Reddish constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Always a fairly marginal seat, the constituency changed hands at the 1964, 1970 and February 1974 general elections.

Election Member [1] Party
1950 Sir Norman Hulbert Conservative
1964 Arnold Gregory Labour
1970 Idris Owen Conservative
Feb 1974 Andrew Bennett Labour
1983 constituency abolished: see Stockport & Denton and Reddish

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Stockport North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman John Hulbert 22,762 47.9 N/A
Labour AM Watson 19,134 40.3 N/A
Liberal William Hugh Evans 5,638 11.9 N/A
Majority 3,628 7.6 N/A
Turnout 47,534 88.5 N/A
Conservative win
General Election 1951: Stockport North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman John Hulbert 25,691 55.1 +7.2
Labour John Owen 20,893 44.9 +4.6
Majority 4,798 10.2 +2.6
Turnout 46,584 85.4 -3.1
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Stockport North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman John Hulbert 23,547 55.4 +0.3
Labour Muriel Edith Nichol 18,980 44.6 -0.3
Majority 4,567 10.8 +0.6
Turnout 42,527 79.8 -5.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1959: Stockport North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Norman John Hulbert 23,487 53.7 -1.7
Labour Mervyn Edward J. Swain 20,265 46.3 +1.7
Majority 3,222 7.4 -3.4
Turnout 43,752 82.1 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Stockport North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arnold Gregory 18,969 44.5 -1.8
Conservative Sir Norman John Hulbert 17,067 40.1 -13.6
Liberal Barry Downs 6,560 15.4 +15.4
Majority 1,902 4.4
Turnout 42,596 81.5 -0.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 5.9
General Election 1966: Stockport North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arnold Gregory 21,598 54.2 +9.7
Conservative Idris Wyn Owen 18,262 45.8 +5.7
Majority 3,336 8.4 +4.0
Turnout 39,860 79.1 -2.4
Labour hold Swing 2.0

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Stockport North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Idris Wyn Owen 18,132 46.0 +0.2
Labour Arnold Gregory 17,261 43.8 -10.4
Liberal Samuel Collier 4,022 10.2 +10.2
Majority 871 2.2
Turnout 39,415 74.4 -4.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 5.3
General Election February 1974: Stockport North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Francis Bennett 16,948 39.4 -4.4
Conservative Idris Wyn Owen 16,745 39.0 -7.0
Liberal P.J. Arnold 9,283 21.6 +11.4
Majority 203 0.4
Turnout 42,976 82.0 +7.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 1.3
General Election October 1974: Stockport North[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Francis Bennett 17,979 43.6 +4.2
Conservative Idris Wyn Owen 16,155 39.2 +0.2
Liberal P.J. Arnold 7,085 17.2 -4.4
Majority 1,824 4.4 +4.0
Turnout 41,219 78.0 -4.0
Labour hold Swing +2.0
General Election 1979: Stockport North[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Francis Bennett 18,789 44.1 +0.5
Conservative John William Last 18,456 43.3 +4.1
Liberal J. Hartley 5,096 12.0 -5.2
National Front K Walker 244 0.6 +0.6
Majority 333 0.8 -3.6
Turnout 42,585 79.5 +1.5
Labour hold Swing -1.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[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. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  5. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  6. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow 1973
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1950-1973 by FWS Craig
  • Times Guides to the House of Commons