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Clay Cross (UK Parliament constituency)

Clay Cross
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members One
Replaced by Bolsover and South East Derbyshire

Clay Cross was a county constituency centred on the village of Clay Cross in north-east Derbyshire. It 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.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election.


  • Boundaries 1
  • Members of Parliament 2
  • Election results 3
    • Elections in the 1920s 3.1
    • Elections in the 1930s 3.2
    • Elections in the 1940s 3.3
  • References 4


The rural district of Blackwell, the part of the rural district of Chesterfield which is not included in the North Eastern and Chesterfield Divisions, and the urban district of Clay Cross.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1918 Thomas Tucker Broad Coalition Liberal
1922 Charles Duncan Labour
1933 by-election Arthur Henderson Labour
1935 Alfred Holland Labour
1936 by-election George Ridley Labour
1944 by-election Harold Neal Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election results

Elections in the 1920s

General Election 1929: Clay Cross [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Duncan 24,480 80.2
Unionist Abraham Montagu Lyons 6,055 19.8
Majority 18,425 60.4
Turnout 30,535
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s

General Election 1931: Clay Cross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Duncan 21,163 64.57
Liberal National J Weinberg 11,611 35.43
Majority 9,552 29.15
Turnout 74.60
Labour hold Swing
Clay Cross by-election, 1933

Electorate 44,466

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. Arthur Henderson 21,931 69.3
Conservative J Moores 6,293 19.9
Communist Harry Pollitt 3,434 10.8
Majority 15,638
Turnout 71.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1935: Clay Cross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Holland 24,590 74.56
Conservative Miss B Jackson 8,391 25.44
Majority 16,199 49.12
Turnout 73.66
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

Clay Cross by-election, 1944[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Neal 13,693 76.3
Independent Anti-Fascist Phil Hicken 2,336 13.0
Independent Atlantic Charter William Douglas-Home 1,911 10.7
Majority 11,357 63.3
Turnout 17,940
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1945: Clay Cross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harold Neal 27,538 82.06
Conservative WP Bull 6,021 17.94
Majority 21,517 64.12
Turnout 70.82
Labour hold Swing


  1. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanac (1945), p.311
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)
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