Southern West Riding of Yorkshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Southern West Riding of Yorkshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County West Riding of Yorkshire
18651885
Number of members Two
Replaced by Barnsley, Colne Valley, Doncaster, Hallamshire, Holmfirth, Morley, Normanton and Rotherham
Created from West Riding of Yorkshire

Southern West Riding of Yorkshire was a parliamentary constituency covering part of the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the bloc vote system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created when the two-member West Riding of Yorkshire constituency was divided for the 1865 general election by the Birkenhead Enfranchisement Act 1861 into two new constituencies, each returning two members: Northern West Riding of Yorkshire and Southern West Riding of Yorkshire. The extra seats were taken from parliamentary boroughs which had been disenfranchised for corruption.

In the redistribution which took effect for the 1868 general election the two divisions were redistributed into three. Eastern West Riding of Yorkshire was created and the Northern and Southern divisions modified. Each of the three divisions returned two members.

All three were abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election. The Southern division was replaced by eight new single-member constituencies: Barnsley, Colne Valley, Doncaster, Hallamshire, Holmfirth, Morley, Normanton and Rotherham.

Boundaries[edit]

The place of election was at Wakefield.

From 1865 to 1868 the constituency comprised the south half of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The Birkenhead Enfranchisement Act 1861 provided that it was to contain the wapentakes of Barkston Ash, Osgoldcross, Strafforth and Tickhill, Staincross, and Agbrigg.[1]

The Reform Act 1867, as amended by the Boundary Act 1868, re-defined the constituency (as it existed between 1868 and 1885) as the wapentakes of Agbrigg, Strafforth and Tickhill and Staincross.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1865 Viscount Milton Liberal Henry Beaumont Liberal
1872 Walter Spencer-Stanhope Conservative
1874 Lewis Randle Starkey Conservative
1880 Hon. Henry Wentworth-Fitzwilliam Liberal William Henry Leatham Liberal
1885 constituency abolished: see Barnsley, Colne Valley, Doncaster, Hallamshire, Holmfirth, Morley, Normanton and Rotherham

Election results[edit]

General Election 1880: Southern West Riding of Yorkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Henry Wentworth-Fitzwilliam 11,385
Liberal William Henry Leatham 11,181
Conservative Walter Spencer-Stanhope 10,391
Conservative Lewis Randle Starkey 10,020
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1874: Southern West Riding of Yorkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Spencer-Stanhope 9,705
Conservative Lewis Randle Starkey 9,639
Liberal William Henry Leatham 8,265
Liberal Henry Beaumont 8,148
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
At the Southern West Riding of Yorkshire by-election, 1872, Walter Thomas William Spencer Stanhope was elected unopposed.
General Election 1868: Southern West Riding of Yorkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Wentworth-FitzWilliam 8,110
Liberal Henry Beaumont 7,943
Conservative Walter Spencer-Stanhope 7,935
Conservative Lewis Randle Starkey 7,621
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1865: Southern West Riding of Yorkshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Wentworth-FitzWilliam 7,258
Liberal Henry Beaumont 6,975
Conservative Christopher Denison 6,884
Conservative Walter Spencer-Stanhope 6,819
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birkenhead Enfranchisement Act 1861 (c.112), section 1.

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