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Norfolk East (UK Parliament constituency)

East Norfolk
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Norfolk
1885 (1885)1950 (1950)
Number of members One
1832 (1832)1868 (1868)
Number of members Two
Replaced by North Norfolk and South Norfolk
Created from Norfolk

East Norfolk was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Norfolk. It returned two Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1868. Another Eastern division was created in 1885, when its representation was reduced to one member. That constituency was abolished in 1950.

History

The constituency was first created by the Great Reform Act for the 1832 general election, and abolished for the 1868 general election. In that period the historic county of Norfolk was split into two divisions - this one and West Norfolk. Each division returned two members.

From 1868 to 1885 the Norfolk county divisions were reorganised into North Norfolk, South Norfolk and West Norfolk. Each of these three divisions returned two members.

From the 1885 redistribution the two member county divisions were replaced with single member constituencies. The second version of this constituency was one of the single member seats. It continued to exist until the 1950 general election.

Boundaries

Members of Parliament

1832-1868

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 William Howe Windham Liberal Hon. George Keppel Liberal
1835 Edmond Wodehouse Conservative Lord Walpole Conservative
1837 Henry Burroughs Conservative
1855 Sir Henry Stracey, Bt Conservative
1857 Charles Ashe Windham Conservative Sir Edward Buxton, Bt Liberal
1858 Hon. Wenman Coke Liberal
1859 Edward Howes Conservative
1865 Clare Sewell Read Conservative
1868 abolished

1885-1950

Election Member Party
1885 re-created but reduced to one member
1885 Sir Edward Birkbeck, Bt Conservative
1892 Sir Robert John Price Liberal
1918 Michael Falcon Coalition Conservative
1923 Hugh Seely Liberal
1924 Reginald Neville Conservative
1929 Viscount Elmley Liberal
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | 1931 National Liberal
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | 1939 by-election Frank Medlicott National Liberal and Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

Election results

Elections in the 1910s

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; Conservative: Liberal: Labour:

General Election 1918

Electorate 31,578

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist # Michael Falcon 7,030
Liberal Fred Henderson 6,691
Independent Labour William Benjamin Taylor 1,926
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

A # denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

Elections in the 1920s

General Election 1922

Electorate 32,204

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Michael Falcon 9,270
Liberal Hugh Michael Seely 8,962
Labour G. E. Hewitt 4,361
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 32,845

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hugh Michael Seely 11,807
Unionist Michael Falcon 8,472
Labour G. E. Hewitt 3,530
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 33,470

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Reginald James Neville Neville 11,283
Liberal Hugh Michael Seely 9,114
Labour R. B. Bates 4,907
Majority
Turnout
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1929

Electorate 43,327

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Viscount Elmley 13,349
Unionist Sir Reginald James Neville Neville 12,434
Labour William Holmes 7,856
Majority 915
Turnout
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing

Elections in the 1930s

General Election 1931

Electorate 45,366

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Viscount Elmley 25,945
Labour William Holmes 6,562
Majority 19,383
Turnout
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing
General Election, 1935: Norfolk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Viscount Elmley 23,108
Labour Norman R. Tillett 10,461
Majority
Turnout
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing
East Norfolk by-election, 26th January 1939
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Frank Medlicott 18,257 62.9 −5.9
Labour Norman R. Tillett 10,785 37.1 +5.9
Majority 7,472 25.8 −11.8
Turnout 29,042 53.1 −13.7
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing −5.9

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; Liberal National: Frank Medlicott, Labour: Norman Tillett, Independent Conservative: James F. Wright (Secretary of the Norfolk Farmers Union).

General Election, 1945: Norfolk East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Frank Medlicott 23,307 55.8 −7.1
Labour Norman R. Tillett 18,467 44.2 +7.1
Majority 4,840 11.8 −14.2
Turnout 41,774 68.9 +15.8
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing −7.1

References

  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press 1977)
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