Stowmarket (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stowmarket
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Suffolk
Major settlements Stowmarket
18851918
Number of members One
Replaced by Bury St Edmunds
Created from East Suffolk and West Suffolk

Stowmarket was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Stowmarket in Suffolk. It 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.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1918 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The Municipal Borough of Bury St Edmunds, the Sessional Divisions of Blackbourn, Lackford, and Stowmarket, parts of the Sessional Divisions of Newmarket, Thedwestry, and Thingoe, and the part of the Municipal Borough of Thetford in the county of Suffolk.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Felix Thornley Cobbold Liberal
1886 Edward Greene Conservative
1891 by-election Sydney Stern Liberal
1895 Ian Malcolm Conservative
1906 George Alexander Hardy Liberal
Jan. 1910 Francis Benedict Hyam Goldsmith Conservative
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Felix Cobbold
General Election 1885: Stowmarket[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Felix Cobbold 4,606 57.0 n/a
Conservative Thomas Thornhill 3,475 43.0 n/a
Majority 1,131 14.0 n/a
Turnout 76.3 n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: Stowmarket[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Greene 3,906 53.7 +10.7
Liberal Edward Buxton 3,363 46.3 -10.7
Majority 543 7.4 21.4
Turnout 68.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +10.7

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Stowmarket by-election, 1891[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sydney Stern 4,346 51.3
Conservative Edward Greene 4,132 48.7
Majority 214 2.6
Turnout 74.5
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1892: Stowmarket[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sydney Stern 4,630 50.8 -0.5
Conservative Gerald Cadogan 4,486 49.2 +0.5
Majority 144 1.6 -1.0
Turnout 82.5 +8.0
Liberal hold Swing -0.5
General Election 1895: Stowmarket[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Malcolm 5,144 58.2
Liberal Henry de Rosenbach Walker 3,701 41.8
Majority 1,443 16.4
Turnout 80.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Stowmarket[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Malcolm 4,431 59.1 +0.9
Liberal JC Horobin 3,068 40.9 -0.9
Majority 1,363 18.2 +1.8
Turnout 70.4 -10.4
Conservative hold Swing +0.9
George Hardy
General Election 1906: Stowmarket[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal George Hardy 4,801 51.1
Conservative Walter Guinness 4,588 48.9
Majority 213 2.2
Turnout 85.6
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Stowmarket[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frank Goldsmith 5,311 53.2 +4.3
Liberal George Hardy 4,666 46.8 -4.3
Majority 645 6.4 8.6
Turnout 89.2 +3.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +4.3
General Election December 1910: Stowmarket[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frank Goldsmith 4,995 51.0
Liberal Robert Leatham Barclay 4,804 49.0
Majority 191 2.0
Turnout 87.6
Conservative hold Swing

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

References[edit]

  1. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. ^ Page 153 Constitutional Year Book 1915
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  11. ^ Bury Free Press 21 Mar 1914

Coordinates: 52°11′N 0°59′E / 52.19°N 0.99°E / 52.19; 0.99