Walthamstow West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Walthamstow West
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County 1918–1965: Essex
1965–1974: Greater London
19181974 (1974)
Replaced by Walthamstow
Created from Walthamstow

Walthamstow West was a borough constituency in what is now the London Borough of Waltham Forest, but was until 1965 the Walthamstow Urban District of Essex. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the February 1974 general election, when it was combined with part of the former Walthamstow East to form the new Walthamstow constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Urban District of Walthamstow wards of High Street, Higham Hill, and St James Street.

1950-1974: The Municipal Borough of Walthamstow wards of High Street, Higham Hill, and St James Street.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Charles Jesson NDP
1922 Valentine McEntee Labour
1924 Horace Crawfurd Liberal
1929 Valentine McEntee Labour
1950 Clement Attlee Labour
1956 b-e Ted Redhead Labour
1967 b-e Fred Silvester Conservative
1970 Eric Deakins Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918 Walthamstow West[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C National Democratic Charles Jesson 7,330 51.6 n/a
Labour Valentine McEntee 4,167 29.3 n/a
Liberal Emslie Horniman 2,707 19.1 n/a
Majority 3,163 22.3 n/a
Turnout 47.0 n/a
National Democratic win
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922 : Walthamstow West [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Valentine McEntee 8,758 43.3 +14.0
National Liberal Charles Jesson 6,253 30.9
Liberal Horace Crawfurd 5,228 25.8
Majority 2,505 12.4
Turnout 63.8 +16.8
Labour gain from National Liberal Swing
General Election 1923: Walthamstow West [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Valentine McEntee 10,026 47.6 +4.3
Liberal Horace Crawfurd 8,234 39.0 +13.2
Unionist Jabeez Lyne 2,832 13.4 n/a
Majority 1,792 8.6 -3.8
Turnout 65.5
Labour hold Swing -4.5
General Election 1924: Walthamstow West [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Horace Crawfurd 12,991 50.9
Labour Valentine McEntee 12,521 49.1
Majority 470 1.8
Turnout 75.5
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1929: Walthamstow West [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Valentine McEntee 16,050 54.0 -4.9
Liberal Horace Crawfurd 9,470 31.9 -19.0
Unionist Frederick C Bramston 4,184 14.1 n/a
Majority 6,580 22.1 +14.1
Turnout 73.3 -2.2
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +7.0

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Valentine McEntee 14,144 45.14
Conservative Claude Herbert Grundy 13,137 41.93
Liberal Sydney Robinson 4,053 12.93
Majority 1,007 3.21
Turnout 72.82
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Valentine McEntee 17,613 61.83
Conservative Thomas Claude Catty 10,874 38.17
Majority 6,739 23.66
Turnout 64.97
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Valentine McEntee 17,460 65.22
Liberal Lancelot Spicer 4,760 17.78
Conservative Leslie Charles Curran 4,550 17.00
Majority 12,700 47.44
Turnout 70.14
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clement Attlee 21,095 60.46
Conservative John Arthur Paul 8,988 25.76
Liberal Alan Whitfield Pim 4,102 11.76
Independent Labour Lester Hutchinson 704 2.02
Majority 12,107 34.70
Turnout 34,889
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clement Attlee 23,021 66.79
Conservative Edward du Cann 11,447 33.21
Majority 11,574 33.58
Turnout 81.94
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clement Attlee 19,327 65.73
Conservative Richard Hornby 10,077 34.27
Majority 9,250 31.46
Turnout 72.48
Labour hold Swing
Walthamstow West by-election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Redhead 13,388 64.68 -1.05
Conservative Richard Hornby 4,184 20.21 -14.06
Liberal Oliver Smedley 3,037 14.67 N/A
Independent Bill Boaks 89 0.43 N/A
Majority 9,204 44.47 +13.01
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Redhead 15,980 54.95
Conservative Harry Midgley 7,872 27.07
Liberal Oliver Smedley 5,229 17.98
Majority 8,108 27.88
Turnout 76.08
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Redhead 14,405 56.22
Conservative Edward Michael Ogden 6,780 26.46
Liberal Colin Hart-Leverton 4,437 17.32
Majority 7,625 29.76
Turnout 72.15
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Redhead 14,665 61.17
Conservative Frederick Silvester 5,940 24.78
Liberal Donald W. Bramley 3,370 14.06
Majority 8,725 36.39
Turnout 71.03
Labour hold Swing
Walthamstow West by-election, 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Silvester 6,652 37.05 +12.27
Labour Eric Deakins 6,590 36.71 -24.46
Liberal Margaret Wingfield 4,105 22.87 +8.81
Anti-Common Market Oliver Smedley 542 3.02 N/A
Independent Robin Allen 63 0.35 N/A
Majority 62 0.34
Turnout 17,952
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Election in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Walthamstow West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Eric Deakins 12,472 54.45 -6.72
Conservative Frederick Silvester 7,870 34.36 +9.58
Liberal Ian W. Roxbrough 2,564 11.19 -2.87
Majority 4,602 20.09 -16.3
Turnout 22,906 65.14 -5.89
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Limehouse
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
1950–1951
Succeeded by
Woodford
Preceded by
Woodford
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1951–1955
Succeeded by
Lewisham South