Warrington (UK Parliament constituency)

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Warrington
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18321983
Number of members One
Replaced by Warrington North and Warrington South
Created from Lancashire

Warrington was a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom. From 1832 to 1983 it returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The Warrington constituency covered the central part of the town of Warrington in Lancashire and surrounding area.

In 1983 it was abolished and replaced by Warrington North and Warrington South constituencies.

Boundaries[edit]

The Parliamentary Borough of Warrington was defined by the Parliamentary Boundaries Act 1832 as comprising:

The respective Townships of Warrington and Latchford; and also those two detached portions of the township of Thelwall which lie between the boundary of the township of Latchford and the River Mersey[1][2]

It was this area that was incorporated as a Municipal Borough in 1847.[3] The boundaries were unchanged until 1918 when the constituency was redefined as being identical with the area of the County Borough of Warrington.[4] The constituency boundaries were widened to reflect those of the County Borough in 1950, at the same time it was renamed as Warrington Borough Constituency.[5][6]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year Member Party
1832 William Edmund George Hornby Liberal
1835 John Ireland Blackburne Conservative
1847 Gilbert Greenall Conservative
1868 Peter Rylands Liberal
1874 Gilbert Greenall Conservative
1880 John Gordon McMinnies Liberal
1885 Sir Gilbert Greenall Conservative
1892 Robert Pierpont Conservative
1906 Arthur Crosfield Liberal
1910 Harold Smith Conservative
1922 Alec Cunningham-Reid Conservative
1923 Charles Dukes Labour
1924 Alec Cunningham-Reid Conservative
1929 Charles Dukes Labour
1931 Noel Barré Goldie Conservative
1945 Edward Porter Labour
1950 Hyacinth Morgan Labour
1955 Edith Summerskill Labour
1961 Thomas Williams Labour
1981 Doug Hoyle Labour
1983 Constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Warrington [7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Gilbert Greenall 4,010
Liberal William Crosfield 3,234
Majority 776
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1886: Warrington [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Gilbert Greenall 3,717
Liberal John Crosfield 3,216
Majority 501
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Pierpoint
General Election 1892: Warrington [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Pierpont 3,843
Liberal Arthur Houston 3,258
Majority 585
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1895: Warrington [7][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Pierpont 4,001
Liberal Percival Brown Scott 3,326
Majority 675
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Warrington [7][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Pierpont 4,468
Liberal Arthur Henry Crosfield 3,303
Majority 1,165
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Crosfield
General Election 1906: Warrington [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Arthur Henry Crosfield 5,599
Conservative Robert Pierpont 4,099
Majority 1,500
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Warrington [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Arthur Henry Crosfield 5,256
Conservative Robert Pierpont 5,103
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Smith
General Election December 1910: Warrington [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harold Smith 5,162 51.2
Liberal Arthur Henry Crosfield 4,916 48.8
Majority 2.4
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal 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;

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Warrington[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 10,403 43.7
Liberal Sir Peter Peacock 8,011 33.7
Labour Isaac Brassington 5,377 22.6 n/a
Majority 2,392 10.0
Turnout 70.2
Unionist hold Swing
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Warrington[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Alec Stratford Cunningham-Reid 15,394 53.1 +9.4
Labour James Gregory 13,570 46.9 +24.3
Majority 1,824 6.2 -3.8
Turnout 84.7 +14.5
Unionist hold Swing -7.4
General Election 1923: Warrington[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Dukes 12,984 43.6 -3.3
Unionist Alec Stratford Cunningham-Reid 12,314 41.3 -11.8
Liberal John Francis Crowley 4511 15.1 n/a
Majority 670 2.3 8.9
Turnout 86.1 +1.4
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +4.4
General Election 1924: Warrington[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Alec Stratford Cunningham-Reid 16,788 52.4 +11.1
Labour Charles Dukes 15,251 47.6 +4.0
Majority 1,537 4.8 7.1
Turnout 91.0 +4.9
Unionist gain from Labour Swing +3.5
Garland
General Election 1929: Warrington[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Dukes 21,610 50.6 +3.0
Unionist Noel Barre Goldie 18,025 42.2 -10.2
Liberal Alison Vickers Garland 3,070 7.2 n/a
Majority 3,585 8.4 13.2
Turnout 89.3 -1.7
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +6.6

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Warrington, 1931
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Noel Barré Goldie 24,400 56.15
Labour Charles Dukes 19,055 43.85
Majority 5,345 12.30
Turnout 72.43
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Warrington, 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Noel Barré Goldie 21,324 50.7
Labour Edward Porter 20,720 49.3
Majority 604 1.4
Turnout 84.8
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Warrington 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Porter 22,265 62.9
Conservative Noel Barré Goldie 13,110 37.1
Majority 9,155 25.9
Turnout 73.8

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

Warrington, 1950
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hyacinth Bernard Morgan 26,482 56.8
Conservative Francis Leslie Neep 17,730 38.0
Liberal James Campbell Park 1,899 4.1
Communist James Joseph Grady 496 1.1
Majority 8,752 18.8
Turnout 86.0
Warrington, 1951
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hyacinth Bernard Morgan 26,225 57.8
Conservative Miss F Joan Crowther 17,623 38.8
Liberal James Campbell Park 1,537 3.4
Majority 8,602 18.9
Turnout 82.8
Warrington, 1955
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edith Clara Summerskill 22,721 57.1
Conservative Herbert Davies 17,075 42.9
Majority 5,646 14.2
Turnout 73.9
Warrington, 1959
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edith Clara Summerskill 22,890 56.3
Conservative Frank O Stansfield 17,791 43.7
Majority 5,099 12.5
Turnout 73.9

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Warrington by-election, 1961
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op William Thomas Williams 16,149 55.84 -0.46
Conservative Beata Ann Brookes 9,149 32.08 -11.62
Liberal Frank R Tetlow 3,623 12.53 +12.53
Majority 7,000 23.76 +11.26
Turnout 28,921 56.7 -20.2
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1964: Warrington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op William Thomas Williams 20,551 57.1
Conservative William A Lowe 11,297 31.4
Liberal Michael Ford Pitts 4,119 11.5
Majority 9,254 25.7
Turnout 71.4
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1966: Warrington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op William Thomas Williams 21,930 64.7
Conservative W Peter Adshead 8,918 26.3
Liberal Edward J Woods 3,070 9.1
Majority 13,012 38.4
Turnout 68.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Warrington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Thomas Williams 20,970 64.3 -0.4
Conservative Alfred B Gooch 11,647 35.7 +9.4
Majority 9,323 28.6 -9.8
Turnout 32,617 65.2 -3.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing -4.9
General Election February 1974: Warrington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Thomas Williams 19,550 57.2 -7.1
Conservative JW Hayton 8,444 24.7 -11.0
Liberal FJ Deakin 6,187 18.1 +18.1
Majority 11,106 32.5 +3.9
Turnout 34,181 73.9 -8.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing +3.9
General Election October 1974: Warrington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Thomas Williams 19,882 62.8 +5.6
Conservative JW Heaton 7,621 24.1 -0.6
Liberal FJ Deakin 4,158 13.1 -5.0
Majority 12,261 38.7 +6.2
Turnout 31,661 68.0 -5.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing +3.1
General Election 1979: Warrington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Thomas Williams 19,306 61.6 -1.2
Conservative G Povey 9,032 28.8 +4.7
Liberal Iain Brodie Browne 2,883 9.1 -4.0
Social Democrat (1979) C Campbell 144 0.5
Majority 10,274 32.8 -5.9
Turnout 31,365 71.3 +3.3
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

Warrington by-election, 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Douglas Hoyle 14,280 48.4 – 13.3
Social Democratic Roy Harris Jenkins 12,521 42.4 N/A
Conservative Stanley Sorrell 2,102 7.1 – 21.7
Ecology Neil Chantrell 219 0.8 N/A
United Democratic Labour Party Daniel Hussey 149 0.5 N/A
Citizen's Band Radio Party Iain Leslie 111 0.4 N/A
Independent Labour John Fleming 53 0.2 N/A
Social Democrat (1979) Donald Kean 38 0.1 – 0.4
Democratic Monarchist Bill Boaks 14 0.1 N/A
English Democratic Party Harry Wise 11 0.0 N/A
More Prosperous Britain Tom Keen 10 0.0 N/A
Majority 1,759 6.0 – 26.8
Turnout 29,508 67.0 – 4.3
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parliamentary Boundaries Act 1832 (1832 c.64) Schedule O
  2. ^ The Maxima Charta of 1832, for England, Scotland and Ireland comprising the various statutes passed in the reign of William IV for amending the representation of the people in the commons House of Parliament, also the statutes which describe the boundaries. London: H Fisher, R Fisher & P Jackson. 1832. p. 101. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20621. p. 2532. 10 July 1846. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  4. ^ Representation of the People Act 1918 (c. 64), Ninth Schedule: Redistribution of Seats
  5. ^ Representation of the People Act 1948 (c.65) First Schedule
  6. ^ Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.2: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 818. ISBN 0861931270. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  10. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  11. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  12. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  14. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  15. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  16. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  17. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig