West Ham South (UK Parliament constituency)

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West Ham South
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
19501974 (1974)
Number of members One
Replaced by Newham South
Created from Plaistow and Silvertown
18851918
Number of members One
Type of constituency Borough constituency
Replaced by Plaistow and Silvertown
Created from South Essex

West Ham South was a parliamentary constituency in the County Borough of West Ham, in what was then Essex but is now Greater London. 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.

Boundaries[edit]

1950-1974: The County Borough of West Ham wards of Beckton Road, Bemersyde, Canning Town and Grange, Custom House and Silvertown, Hudsons, Ordnance, Plaistow, and Tidal Basin.

History[edit]

The constituency was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1918 general election.

It was re-established for the 1950 general election, and abolished again for the February 1974 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1885–1918[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Joseph Leicester Lib-Lab
1886 George Edward Banes Conservative
1892 Keir Hardie Independent Labour Party
1895 George Edward Banes Conservative
1906 Will Thorne Labour
1918 constituency abolished

MPs 1950–1974[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 Frederick Elwyn Jones Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished: see Newham South

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: West Ham South[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Lib-Lab Joseph Leicester 3,527 58.1 N/A
Conservative Alfred John Pound 2,545 41.9 N/A
Majority 982 16.2 N/A
Turnout 6,072 67.9 N/A
Lib-Lab win (new seat)
General Election 1886: West Ham South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Edward Banes 2,778 52.9 +11.0
Lib-Lab Joseph Leicester 2,472 47.1 -11.0
Majority 306 5.8 N/A
Turnout 5,250 58.7 -9.2
Conservative gain from Lib-Lab Swing +11.0

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

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General Election 1892: West Ham South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Ind. Labour Party Keir Hardie 5,268 56.6 +9.5
Conservative George Edward Banes 4,036 43.4 -9.5
Majority 1,232 13.2 N/A
Turnout 9,304 59.8 +1.1
Ind. Labour Party gain from Conservative Swing +9.5
General Election 1895: West Ham South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Edward Banes 4,750 54.4 +11.0
Ind. Labour Party Keir Hardie 3,975 45.6 -11.0
Majority 775 8.8 N/A
Turnout 8,725 55.4 -4.4
Conservative gain from Ind. Labour Party Swing +11.0

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: West Ham South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Edward Banes 5,615 55.8 +1.4
Labour Will Thorne 4,439 44.2 N/A
Majority 1,176 11.6 +2.8
Turnout 10,054 51.2 -4.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.4
Thorne
General Election 1906: West Ham South[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Will Thorne 10,210 67.2 +23.0
Conservative John Nutting 4,973 32.8 -23.0
Majority 5,237 34.4 N/A
Turnout 15,183 66.7 +15.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +23.0

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election, January 1910: West Ham South[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Will Thorne 11,791 63.1 -4.1
Conservative James Grimwood 6,909 36.9 +4.1
Majority 4,882 26.2 -8.2
Turnout 18,700 70.1 +3.4
Labour hold Swing -4.1
General Election, December 1910: West Ham South[1][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Will Thorne 9,508 66.4 +3.3
Conservative Thomas Walter Colby Carthew 4,280 33.6 -3.3
Majority 4,688 32.8 +6.6
Turnout 14,328 53.7 -16.4
Labour hold Swing +3.3

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: West Ham South[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Elwyn Jones 36,754 82.42 N/A
Conservative Mabel de la Motte 5,422 12.16 N/A
Liberal GG Young 1,686 3.78 N/A
Communist W Norris 730 1.64 N/A
Majority 31,332 70.26 N/A
Turnout 44,592 77.89 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General Election 1951: West Ham South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Elwyn Jones 37,195 84.96 +2.54
Conservative Mabel de la Motte 6,586 15.04 +2.88
Majority 30,609 69.91 -0.35
Turnout 43,781 77.31 -0.58
Labour hold Swing -0.17
General Election 1955: West Ham South[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Elwyn Jones 29,451 83.08 -1.88
Conservative Elias J Emden 5,997 16.92 +1.88
Majority 23,454 66.16 -2.75
Turnout 35,448 65.81 -11.50
Labour hold Swing -1.88
General Election 1959: West Ham South[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Elwyn Jones 28,017 75.26 -7.82
Conservative Peter Goldman 5,188 13.94 -2.98
Liberal Oliver French 4,020 10.80 N/A
Majority 22,829 61.33 -2.87
Turnout 37,225 71.12 +5.31
Labour hold Swing -2.42

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: West Ham South[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Elwyn Jones 23,599 74.45 -0.81
Liberal Eugene Johnson 4,264 13.45 +2.65
Conservative Robert Mitchell 3,835 12.10 -1.84
Majority 19,335 61.00 -0.33
Turnout 31,698 63.94 -7.18
Labour hold Swing -1.73
General Election 1966: West Ham South[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Elwyn Jones 22,902 77.17 +2.72
Conservative Robert Mitchell 3,410 11.49 -0.61
Liberal Eugene Johnson 3,367 11.34 -2.11
Majority 19,492 65.68 +4.68
Turnout 29,679 61.84 -2.10
Labour hold Swing +1.67

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: West Ham South[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Elwyn Jones 18,899 77.71 +0.54
Conservative Brian C Balcomb 5,422 22.29 +10.80
Majority 13,477 55.41 -10.27
Turnout 24,321 48.84 -13.00
Labour hold Swing -5.13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h compiled; edited by Craig, F.W.S. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918 (1. publ. ed.). London: MacMillan. ISBN 0-333-17153-5. 
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  4. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
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  9. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
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