West Monmouthshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Western Monmouthshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of members one
Replaced by Abertillery, Bedwellty and Ebbw Vale
Created from Monmouthshire

Western Monmouthshire (also known as the Western Division of the County of Monmouth) was a parliamentary constituency in Monmouthshire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The constituency was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election. It was abolished for the 1918 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency (shown in pink) within Monmouthshire

The constituency was defined as comprising the "Sessional Division of Bedwellty (except the Parishes of Bedwas and Mynyddislwyn)", and thus constituted the following civil parishes:[1]

On abolition by the Representation of the People Act 1918, West Monmouthshire's area was divided between three constituencies: Abertillery, Bedwellty and Ebbw Vale.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Marshall Warmington Liberal
1895 Sir William Harcourt Liberal
1904 Thomas Richards Liberal
1910 Labour
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: West Monmouthshire [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Marshall Warmington 6,730 83.4 n/a
Conservative B. Francis Williams 1,341 16.6 n/a
Majority 5,389 66.8 n/a
Turnout 82.6 n/a
Liberal win (new seat)
General Election 1886: West Monmouthshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Marshall Warmington unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: West Monmouthshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Marshall Warmington 7,019 80.5 n/a
Conservative WH Meredyth 1,700 19.5 n/a
Majority 5,319 61.0 n/a
Turnout 77.5 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
Harcourt
General Election 1895: West Monmouthshire [5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Vernon Harcourt 7,243 78.7 -1.8
Conservative William Edwin Williams 1,956 21.3 +1.8
Majority 5,287 57.4
Turnout 80.2 +2.7
Liberal hold Swing -1.8

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: West Monmouthshire [7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Vernon Harcourt 5,976 71.3 -7.4
Conservative Iltyd William Henry Gardner 2,401 28.7 +7.4
Majority 3,575 42.6 -14.8
Turnout 75.1 -5.1
Liberal hold Swing -7.4
Cockburn
West Monmouthshire by-election, 1904 [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Lib-Lab Thomas Richards 7,995 70.4 -0.9
Independent Conservative John Alexander Cockburn 3,360 29.6 +0.9
Majority 4,635 40.8 +1.8
Turnout 75.1 0.0
Lib-Lab hold Swing -0.9
Thomas Richards
General Election 1906: West Monmouthshire [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Lib-Lab Thomas Richards unopposed n/a n/a
Lib-Lab hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: West Monmouthshire [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Richards 13,295 81.4 n/a
Conservative John Cameron 3,045 18.6 n/a
Majority 10,250 62.8 n/a
Turnout 80.1 n/a
Labour gain from Lib-Lab Swing n/a
General Election December 1910: West Monmouthshire [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Richards unopposed n/a n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a

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;

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seventh Schedule to the Redistribution of Seats Act, 1885 (48 & 49 Vict c.23)
  2. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  3. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  4. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  5. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  9. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  10. ^ The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  11. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  12. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916