West Kent (UK Parliament constituency)

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West Kent
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Kent
Number of members 2
Created from Kent

West Kent (formally known as "Kent, Western") was a county constituency in Kent in South East England. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.


The constituency was created by the Reform Act 1832 for the 1832 general election, and abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election.

All three two-member constituencies in Kent were abolished in 1885: East Kent, Mid Kent and West Kent. They were replaced by eight new single-member constituencies: Ashford, Dartford, Faversham, Isle of Thanet, Medway, St Augustine's, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 Thomas Law Hodges Liberal Thomas Rider Liberal
1835 Sir William Geary, Bt Conservative
1838 by-election Sir Edmund Filmer, Bt Conservative
1841 Viscount Marsham Conservative
1845 by-election Thomas Austen Conservative
1847 Thomas Law Hodges Liberal
1852 William Masters Smith Conservative
Feb 1857 by-election Charles Wykeham Martin Liberal
Apr 1857 James Whatman Liberal
1859 Viscount Holmesdale Conservative Sir Edmund Filmer, Bt Conservative
1865 William Hart Dyke Conservative
1868 Sir Charles Mills, Bt Conservative John Gilbert Talbot Conservative
1878 by-election Viscount Lewisham Conservative
1885 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]