Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stoke
Former borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of members One
Replaced by Stoke-on-Trent Central, Stoke-on-Trent North and Stoke-on-Trent South
Created from Stoke-upon-Trent

Stoke was a borough constituency in Stoke-on-Trent which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, a new name and form of a seat which had existed from the Reform Act 1832. Elections were held using the first past the post voting system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 John Ward Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1923 Liberal
1923 Constitutionalist, then Liberal
1929 Lady Mosley Labour
1931 New Party
1931 Ida Copeland Conservative
1935 Ellis Smith Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Stoke-on-Trent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Stoke-on-Trent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal John Ward 16,685 61.3 n/a
Labour John Watts 10,522 38.7 n/a
Majority 6,163 22.6 n/a
Turnout 68.0 n/a
National Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Stoke-on-Trent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Ward 13,119 51.2 -10.1
Labour John Watts 12,502 48.8 +10.1
Majority 617 2.4 -20.2
Turnout 63.2 -4.8
Liberal hold Swing -10.1
General Election 1924: Stoke-on-Trent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Constitutionalist John Ward 17,864 57.3 +6.1
Labour John Watts 13,318 42.7 -6.1
Majority 4,546 14.6 +12.2
Turnout 75.4 +12.2
Constitutionalist hold Swing +6.1
General Election 1929: Stoke-on-Trent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Lady Cynthia Blanche Mosley 26,548 58.7 +16.0
Liberal John Ward 18,698 41.3 -16.0
Majority 7,850 17.4 32.0
Turnout 45,246 81.2 +5.8
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +16.0

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Stoke-on-Trent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ida Copeland 19,918 45.56
Labour Ellis Smith 13,264 30.34
New Party Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley 10,534 24.10
Majority 6,654 15.22
Turnout 75.88
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1935: Stoke-on-Trent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ellis Smith 20,992 52.67
Conservative Ida Copeland 18,867 47.33
Majority 2,125 5.33
Turnout 69.98
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

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 from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1945: Stoke-on-Trent
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ellis Smith 29,551 69.12
Conservative W.P. Wentworth Shields 13,203 30.88
Majority 16,348 38.24
Turnout 75.68
Labour hold Swing

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