Wood Green (UK Parliament constituency)

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Wood Green
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County 1918–1965: Middlesex
1965–1983: Greater London
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Hornsey & Wood Green and Tottenham
Created from Tottenham

Wood Green was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Wood Green area of North London. It which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

The Wood Green constituency was created for the 1918 general election, the area having previously formed part of the Tottenham constituency, and abolished for the 1983 general election.

It returned Conservative MPs until 1950, and then Labour or Labour Co-operative MPs until its abolition.

Boundaries[edit]

Wood Green in Middlesex, showing boundaries 1918-50

1918-1950: The Urban Districts of Southgate and Wood Green.

1950-1974: The Municipal Borough of Wood Green, and the Municipal Borough of Tottenham wards of Coleraine, Park, and White Hart Lane.

1974-1983: The London Borough of Haringey wards of Alexandra-Bowes, Coleraine, Noel Park, Park, and Town Hall.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1918 Godfrey Locker-Lampson Conservative
1935 Beverley Baxter Conservative
1950 William Irving Labour
1955 Joyce Butler Labour
1979 Reg Race Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Wood Green[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist * Godfrey Locker-Lampson 19,217 71.9 n/a
Labour Harri Tudor Rhys 4,539 17.0 n/a
Liberal Henry Bond Holding 2,957 11.1 n/a
Majority 14,678 54.9 n/a
Turnout 58.1 n/a
Unionist win

* endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Wood Green[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Godfrey Locker-Lampson 21,937 70.0
Labour Harri Tudor Rhys 9,411 30.0
Majority 12,526 40.0
Turnout 66.5 +8.4
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Wood Green[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Godfrey Locker-Lampson 15,344 46.5 -23.5
Liberal John Traill Stevenson 11,975 36.3 n/a
Labour James Bacon 5,665 17.2 -12.8
Majority 3,369 10.2
Turnout 69.1
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924: Wood Green[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Godfrey Locker-Lampson 21,725 57.9
Labour Harri Tudor Rhys 8,648 23.0
Liberal John Traill Stevenson 7,158 19.1
Majority 13,077 34.9 +24.7
Turnout 76.3
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1929: Wood Green[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Godfrey Locker-Lampson 24,821 47.6 -10.3
Liberal Hew Fraser 14,995 28.7 +5.7
Labour E P Bell 12,360 23.7 +0.7
Majority 9,826 18.9 -16.0
Turnout 73.0 -3.3
Unionist hold Swing -8.0

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Wood Green[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Godfrey Locker-Lampson 44,364 78.7
Labour E P Bell 11,980 21.3
Majority 32,384 57.5
Turnout 56,344 72.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: Wood Green[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Beverley Baxter 36,384 62.0
Labour Dorothy Woodman 14,561 24.8
Liberal Hew Fraser 7,711 13.2
Majority 21,823 37.2
Turnout 58,656 69.1
Conservative hold Swing

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Wood Green[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Beverley Baxter 29,429 43.4
Labour WA Vant 23,544 34.7
Liberal Edwin Malindine 14,836 21.9
Majority 5,885 8.7
Turnout 74.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Wood Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Irving 28,480 52.38
Conservative John Daw McEwen 20,013 36.81
Liberal John Peter James Ellis 5,875 10.81
Majority 8,467 15.57
Turnout 81.88
Labour win
General Election 1951: Wood Green [12][13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Irving 30,360 55.79 +3.41
Conservative Godman Irvine 24,060 44.21 +7.40
Majority 6,300 11.58 -3.99
Turnout 54,420 81.73 -0.15
Registered electors 66,586
Labour hold Swing -2.00
General Election 1955: Wood Green [12][15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Joyce Butler 25,523 53.92 -1.87
Conservative George Cathles 21,811 46.08 +1.87
Majority 3,812 7.84 -3.74
Turnout 47,334 75.12 -6.61
Registered electors 63,015
Labour Co-op hold Swing -1.87
General Election 1959: Wood Green [12][17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Joyce Butler 22,869 51.27 -2.65
Conservative Robert Shillingford 21,735 48.73 +2.65
Majority 1,134 2.54 -5.30
Turnout 44,604 75.12 +0.00
Registered electors 59,380
Labour Co-op hold Swing -2.65

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Wood Green [12][19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Joyce Butler 22,131 56.64 +5.37
Conservative George Cathles 16,939 43.36 -5.37
Majority 5,192 13.29 +10.75
Turnout 39,070 70.28 -4.84
Registered electors 55,593
Labour Co-op hold Swing +5.37
General Election 1966: Wood Green [12][21][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Joyce Butler 21,922 60.80 +4.16
Conservative Leonard Goldman 14,133 39.20 -4.16
Majority 7,789 21.60 +8.31
Turnout 36,055 67.32 -2.96
Registered electors 53,559
Labour Co-op hold Swing +4.16

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Wood Green[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Joyce Butler 18,666 57.1
Conservative Michael Peter Russell Malynn 14,022 42.9
Majority 4,644 14.21
Turnout 32,689 60.92
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Wood Green[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Joyce Butler 18,594 50.61
Conservative Michael Peter Russell Malynn 10,950 29.81
Liberal MJ Walton 7,194 19.58
Majority 7,644 20.81
Turnout 36,735 71.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Wood Green[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Joyce Butler 16,605 51.28
Conservative Thomas Benyon 8,394 25.92
Liberal MJ Walton 4,782 14.77
National Front Ken Squires 2,603 8.04
Majority 8,211 25.36
Turnout 32,381 62.25
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1979: Wood Green[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Reg Race 16,465 46.94
Conservative J Riley 13,950 39.77
Liberal G Davies 3,665 10.45
National Front R Frost 998 2.85
Majority 2,515 7.17
Turnout 35,079 67.41

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  7. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge31/i20.htm
  8. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge35/i20.htm
  9. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  10. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  11. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge45/i21.htm
  12. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, FWS Craig
  13. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1951". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
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  15. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
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  17. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
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  19. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1964". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
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  21. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
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  23. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge70/i21.htm
  24. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge74a/i21.htm
  25. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge74b/i21.htm
  26. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge79/i21.htm