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Flintshire (UK Parliament constituency)

Flintshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Preserved county Flintshire
1542–1950
Number of members One
Replaced by East Flintshire and West Flintshire

Flintshire was a parliamentary constituency in North-East Wales which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1542 until it was abolished for the 1950 general election.

Contents

  • Boundaries 1
  • Members of Parliament 2
    • Before 1604 2.1
    • 1604–1950 2.2
  • Elections 3
    • Elections in the 1880s 3.1
    • Elections in the 1890s 3.2
    • Elections in the 1900s 3.3
    • Elections in the 1910s 3.4
    • Elections in the 1920s 3.5
    • Elections in the 1930s 3.6
    • Elections in the 1940s 3.7
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5

Boundaries

From its creation in 1542 until 1918, the constituency consisted of the historic county of Flintshire in north-east Wales. The seat should not be confused with the borough constituency of Flint or Flint Boroughs, which existed from the sixteenth century until 1918.

In 1889 an administrative county of Flintshire was created. This formed the basis of the constituency which existed from 1918 until 1950, when the county was split between East and West divisions.

Members of Parliament

Before 1604

Parliament Member
1545 Peter Mostyn [1]
1547 [1]
1553 (Mar) Sir Thomas Hanmer [1]
1553 (Oct) Robert Massey [1]
1554 (Apr) William Mostyn [1]
1554 (Nov) William Mostyn [1]
1555 Robert Massey [1]
1558 John Conway [1]
1559 John Griffith[2]
1562/3 [2]
1571 John Griffith [2]
1572 William Mostyn, died
and replaced Feb 1577 by
Thomas Mostyn [2]
1584 John Hope [2]
1586 William Ravenscroft [2]
1588 Roger Puleston [2]
1593 Thomas Hanmer [2]
1597 William Ravenscroft [2]
1601 William Ravenscroft [2]

1604–1950

Year Member
1604 Roger Puleston
1614 Robert Ravenscroft
1621 Sir Roger Mostyn
1624 Sir John Hanmer, 1st Baronet died
and replaced 1624 by
Sir John Trevor
1625 Sir John Trevor
1626 John Salusbury
1628 Robert Jones
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned
1640 John Mostyn
1640 John Mostyn, disabled 1643
1646 John Trevor
1653 Flintshire not represented in Barebones Parliament
Year First Member Second Member
Two members in first and second Protectorate Parliaments
1654 John Trevor Andrew Ellice
1656 John Trevor Sir John Glynne
Year Name Party
1659 John Trevor
1660 Kenrick Eyton
1661 Sir Henry Conway
1669 Sir Thomas Hanmer
1678 Mutton Davies
1681 Sir John Hanmer, 3rd Baronet
1685 Sir John Conway
1689 Sir Roger Puleston Whig
1695 Sir John Conway Tory
1701 Sir Roger Mostyn Tory
1702 Sir Thomas Hanmer Tory
1705 Sir John Conway Tory
1708 Sir Roger Mostyn Tory
1713 Sir John Conway Tory
1715 Sir Roger Mostyn
1734 Sir Thomas Mostyn, 4th Baronet
1741 Sir John Glynne
1747 Sir Thomas Mostyn, 4th Baronet
1758 Sir Roger Mostyn
1796 Sir Thomas Mostyn
1797 John Lloyd
1799 Sir Thomas Mostyn
1831 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1832 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1837 Sir Stephen Glynne Conservative
1841 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1842 Sir Stephen Glynne Conservative
1847 Edward Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1854 Thomas Lloyd-Mostyn Liberal
1861 Lord Richard Grosvenor Liberal
1886 Samuel Smith Liberal
1906 Herbert Lewis Liberal
1918 Thomas Henry Parry Liberal
1924 Ernest Handforth Goodman Roberts Conservative
1929 Frederick Llewellyn-Jones Liberal
1931 Liberal National
1932 Liberal
1935 Gwilym Rowlands Conservative
1945 Nigel Birch Conservative
Constituency divided into East and West Flintshire in 1950

Elections

Elections in the 1880s

General Election 1885: Flintshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard de Aquila Grosvenor, Rt Hon. Lord Richard Grosvenor 4,758 60.3
Conservative Hon. Henry Richard Howel Lloyd-Mostyn 3,132 39.7
Majority 1,626 20.6
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
Samuel Smith
Flintshire by-election, 1886[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,248 60.8 +0.5
Conservative PP Pennant 2,738 39.2 -0.5
Majority 1,510 21.6 +1.0
Turnout 69.3
Liberal hold Swing +0.5
General Election 1886: Flintshire[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1890s

Robert Cunliffe
General Election 1892: Flintshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,597 59.4 n/a
Liberal Unionist Sir Robert Alfred Cunliffe 3,145 40.6 n/a
Majority 1,452 18.8 n/a
Turnout 76.8 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1895: Flintshire[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,376 52.7 -6.7
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard 3,925 47.3 +6.7
Majority 451 5.4 -13.4
Turnout 78.4 +1.6
Liberal hold Swing -6.7

Elections in the 1900s

General Election 1900: Flintshire[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Smith 4,528 53.6 +0.9
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard 3,922 46.4 -0.9
Majority 606 7.2 +1.8
Turnout 78.4
Liberal hold Swing +0.9
Herbert Lewis
General Election 1906: Flintshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Herbert Lewis 6,294 63.8 +10.2
Conservative A. Harold Edwards 3,572 36.2 -10.2
Majority 2,722 27.6 +20.4
Turnout 83.0 +4.6
Liberal hold Swing +10.2

Elections in the 1910s

General Election January 1910: Flintshire[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Herbert Lewis 6,610 59.7 -4.1
Conservative Henry Richard Lloyd Howard 4,454 40.3 +4.1
Majority 2,156 19.4 -8.2
Turnout 86.6
Liberal hold Swing -4.1
General Election December 1910: Flintshire[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Herbert Lewis unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal 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 from 1914 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

The constituency was then merged with Flint Boroughs;

Thomas Parry
General Election 1918: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s

General Election 1922: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 16,854 44.2 n/a
Unionist A L Jones 15,080 39.6 n/a
Labour David Gwynfryn Jones 6,163 16.2 n/a
Majority 1,774 4.6 n/a
Turnout 79.4 n/a
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1923: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 19,609 56.8 +12.6
Unionist Ernest Handforth Goodman Roberts 14,926 43.2 +3.6
Majority 4,683 13.6 +9.0
Turnout 69.4 -10.0
Liberal hold Swing +4.5
General Election 1924: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Ernest Handforth Goodman Roberts 19,054 46.4 +3.2
Liberal Thomas Henry Parry 14,169 34.5 -22.3
Labour David Gwynfryn Jones 7,821 19.1 n/a
Majority 11.9 25.5
Turnout 80.2 +10.8
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +12.7
General Election 1929: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frederick Llewellyn-Jones 24,012 43.0 +8.5
Unionist Ernest Handforth Goodman Roberts 19,536 35.0 -11.4
Labour Cyril O Jones 12,310 22.0 +2.9
Majority 4,476 8.0 19.9
Turnout 81.3 +1.1
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +10.0

Elections in the 1930s

General Election 1931: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Frederick Llewellyn-Jones 40,405 71.4
Labour Miss F Edwards 16,158 28.6
Majority 24,247 42.8
Turnout 77.9
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 1935: Flintshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gwilym Rowlands 26,644 44.9 n/a
Liberal John Emlyn Emlyn-Jones 16,536 27.9
Labour Cyril O Jones 16,131 27.2
Majority 10,108 17.0
Turnout 76.3
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

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 from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

  • Conservative: Gwilym Rowlands
  • Liberal: Dr. Herbert Mostyn Lewis[13]
  • Labour: WJ Rees
General Election 1945: Flintshire [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lt-Col. Evelyn Nigel Chetwode Birch 27,800 38.8
Labour Eirene Lloyd Jones 26,761 37.4
Liberal John William Hughes 17,007 23.8
Majority 1,039 1.5
Turnout 71,568 76.7
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  12. ^ Cheshire Observer 1 Aug 1914
  13. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  14. ^ [1] Political resources.net

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

  • The Parliamentary History of the Principality of WalesW R Williams

Further reading

  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
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