Stockport South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stockport South
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19501983
Number of members one
Replaced by Stockport, Hazel Grove, Denton & Reddish[1]
Created from Stockport

Stockport South 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 County Borough of Stockport wards of Cale Green, Davenport, Heaviley, Hempshaw Lane, Portwood, St Mary's, St Thomas's, Shaw Heath, and Vernon.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1950 Arnold Gridley Conservative Resigned January 1955 on being raised to the peerage
1955 by-election Harold Steward Conservative
1964 Maurice Orbach Labour Announced retirement at 1979 general election, died 24 April
1979 Tom McNally Labour
1981 SDP
1983 constituency abolished: see Stockport & Denton and Reddish

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Stockport South[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arnold Gridley 19,079 45.69 n/a
Labour H Ponsonby 16,897 40.47 n/a
Liberal Reginald Hewitt 5,778 13.84 n/a
Majority 2,182 5.22 n/a
Turnout 41,754 86.93 n/a
Registered electors 48,032
Conservative win (new seat)
General Election 1951: Stockport South[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arnold Gridley 22,075 54.17 +8.48
Labour Frank Bibby 18,675 45.83 +5.36
Majority 3,400 8.34 +3.12
Turnout 40,750 84.17 −2.76
Registered electors 48,413
Conservative hold Swing +1.56
Stockport South by-election, 1955: Stockport South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Steward 16,321 54.26 +0.09
Labour H Davies 13,758 45.73 −0.09
Majority 2,563 8.52 +0.18
Turnout 30,079
Conservative hold Swing +0.09
General Election 1955: Stockport South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Steward 20,698 55.48 +1.31
Labour Ernie Roberts 16,612 44.52 −1.31
Majority 4,086 10.95 +2.61
Turnout 37,310 78.96 −5.21
Registered electors 47,251
Conservative hold Swing +1.31
General Election 1959: Stockport South[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Steward 20,522 53.30 −2.18
Labour Stan Orme 17,982 46.70 +2.18
Majority 2,540 6.60 −4.35
Turnout 38,504 81.46 +2.50
Registered electors 47,265
Conservative hold Swing −2.18

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Stockport South[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 16,755 44.58 −2.12
Conservative Harold Steward 13,718 35.50 −16.80
Liberal Donald F Kerr 7,107 18.91 n/a
Majority 3,037 8.08 n/a
Turnout 37,580 81.78 +0.32
Registered electors 45,955
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -2.12
General Election 1966: Stockport South[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 19,456 55.84 +11.26
Conservative Clive Howson 15,387 44.16 +7.66
Majority 4,069 11.68 +3.60
Turnout 34,843 76.74 −5.04
Registered electors 45,406
Labour hold Swing +1.80

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Stockport South[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 16,747 46.47 −9.37
Conservative Clive Howson 14,679 40.73 −3.45
Liberal Trevor Jones 4,613 12.80 n/a
Majority 2,068 5.74 −5.94
Turnout 36,039 73.29 −3.45
Registered electors 49,173
Labour hold Swing -9.37
General Election, February 1974: Stockport South[1][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 15,722 41.89 −4.58
Conservative David Edwards 12,624 33.64 −7.09
Liberal Christopher Carter 9,182 24.47 +11.67
Majority 3,098 8.26 +2.52
Turnout 37,528 79.24 +8.26
Registered electors 47,360
Labour hold Swing -4.58
General Election, October 1974: Stockport South[1][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Orbach 16,281 45.86 +3.97
Conservative William Legge 12,061 33.97 +0.33
Liberal Christopher Carter 7,160 20.17 -4.30
Majority 4,220 11.89 +3.63
Turnout 35,502 74.30 −4.94
Registered electors 47,782
Labour hold Swing +1.82
General Election 1979: Stockport South[1][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom McNally 16,910 45.06 −0.80
Conservative Frederic Skidmore 15,785 42.06 +8.09
Liberal John Quayle 4,458 11.88 -8.29
National Front Robert Murphy 374 1.00 n/a
Majority 1,125 3.00 −8.89
Turnout 37,527 77.35 +3.05
Registered electors 48,513
Labour hold Swing -4.44

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "'Stockport South', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  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. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1951". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  5. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951. 
  6. ^ British Parliament by-election: 1955
  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. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results March 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  14. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1966. 
  15. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1970". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  16. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1970. 
  17. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results February 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  18. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results October 1974". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  19. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1979". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 March 2016.