Tynemouth and North Shields (UK Parliament constituency)

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Tynemouth and North Shields
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Northumberland (now Tyne and Wear)
Number of members One
Replaced by Tynemouth
Created from Northumberland

Tynemouth and North Shields was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom between 1832 and 1885. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.


The constituency was based upon the communities of Tynemouth and North Shields, in the part of the historic county of Northumberland which has (since 1974) been in Tyne and Wear.

Tynemouth was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1849 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. The borough covered the whole area east of Wallsend and south of Whitley Bay, including the less historic but more economically significant town of North Shields as well as smaller villages such as New York and Cullercoats.

From 1885 approximately the same area as the Tynemouth and North Shields constituency comprised a seat named Tynemouth.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Note
1832 George Frederick Young Liberal 1 1837: Unseated on petition
1837 Sir Charles Edward Grey Liberal 1 1837: Declared duly elected on petition
1841 Henry Mitcalfe Liberal 1
1847 Ralph William Grey Liberal 1
1852 Hugh Taylor Conservative April 1853: Unseated and election declared void on petition
1854 by-election William Schaw Lindsay Liberal 1 30 March 1854 by-election
1859 Hugh Taylor Conservative April 1861: Resigned
1861 by-election Richard Hodgson Conservative 23 April 1861 by-election
1865 George Otto Trevelyan Liberal
1868 Thomas Eustace Smith Liberal Last MP for the constituency
Constituency abolished (1885)

Supplemental Note:-

  • 1 F. W. S. Craig, in his compilations of election results for Great Britain, classifies Whig, Radical and similar candidates as Liberals from 1832. The name Liberal was gradually adopted as a description for the Whigs and politicians allied with them, before the formal creation of the Liberal Party shortly after the 1859 general election.


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