West Cheshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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West Cheshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18681885
Number of members two
Replaced by Eddisbury
Wirral
Crewe
Northwich
Created from South Cheshire

West Cheshire is a former parliamentary constituency, which returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

It was created upon the abolition of North Cheshire and South Cheshire in 1868 and the redivision of Cheshire into West Cheshire, East Cheshire, Mid Cheshire and Stalybridge. In 1885, the first three of these were abolished and re-divided into eight constituencies: Altrincham, Crewe, Eddisbury, Hyde, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Northwich and Wirral.

Boundaries[edit]

1868-1885: The Hundreds of Broxton, Eddisbury, Nantwich, and Wirral, and the City and County of the City of Chester.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election First member First party Second member Second Party
1868 Sir Philip Grey Egerton, Bt Conservative John Tollemache Conservative
1872 by-election Hon. Wilbraham Tollemache Conservative
1881 by-election Henry James Tollemache Conservative
1885 Constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1868: West Cheshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Grey Egerton Unopposed
Conservative John Tollemache Unopposed
Registered electors 8,894
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

Tollemache's resignation caused a by-election.

By-election, 17 Feb 1872: West Cheshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Wilbraham Tollemache Unopposed
Conservative hold
General Election 1874: West Cheshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Grey Egerton Unopposed
Conservative Wilbraham Tollemache Unopposed
Registered electors 10,169
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: West Cheshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Grey Egerton 4,773 27.7 N/A
Conservative Wilbraham Tollemache 4,637 27.0 N/A
Liberal William West[3] 4,009 23.3 N/A
Liberal Charles Crompton 3,785 22.0 N/A
Majority 628 3.7 N/A
Turnout 8,602 (est) 77.5 (est) N/A
Registered electors 11,097
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Egerton's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 25 Apr 1881: West Cheshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry James Tollemache 4,800 52.1 −2.6
Liberal James Tomkinson[4] 4,418 47.9 +2.6
Majority 382 4.1 +0.4
Turnout 9,218 75.1 −2.4 (est)
Registered electors 12,270
Conservative hold Swing −2.6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representation of the People Act 1867" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book)|format= requires |url= (help) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. p. 363. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
  3. ^ "West Cheshire". Liverpool Mercury. 3 April 1880. p. 3. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ "Mr James Tomkinson". Sheffield Independent. 19 April 1881. p. 7. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).