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Wirral (UK Parliament constituency)

Wirral
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851983
Number of members one
Replaced by Ellesmere Port and Neston, Wirral South and Wirral West

Wirral was a county constituency 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 voting system.

The constituency was located on the Wirral Peninsula, historically part of Cheshire in North West England, and was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election. From 1974, its territory was split between the newly created Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, part of the metropolitan county of Merseyside, and the borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston which remained part of Cheshire.

It was abolished for the 1983 general election, and was succeeded by the constituencies of Ellesmere Port and Neston, Wirral South and Wirral West.

Contents

  • Boundaries 1
  • Members of Parliament 2
  • Election results 3
    • 1970s 3.1
    • 1960s 3.2
    • 1950s 3.3
    • 1940s 3.4
    • 1930s 3.5
    • 1920s 3.6
    • 1910s 3.7
    • 1900s 3.8
  • References 4

Boundaries

1918-1950: The Rural District of Wirral, and the Urban Districts of Bromborough, Ellesmere Port and Whitby, Higher Bebington, Hoylake and West Kirby, Lower Bebington, and Neston and Parkgate.

1950-1955: The Urban Districts of Ellesmere Port, Hoylake, Neston, and Wirral.

1955-1974: The Municipal Borough of Ellesmere Port, and the Urban Districts of Hoylake, Neston, and Wirral.

1974-1983: The Urban Districts of Hoylake, Neston, and Wirral, and the County Borough of Birkenhead wards of Prenton and Upton.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 Edward Cotton-Jodrell Conservative
1900 Joseph Hoult Conservative
1906 William Lever Liberal
Jan 1910 Gershom Stewart Conservative
1923 Stephen Roxby Dodds Liberal
1924 John Grace Conservative
1931 George Christopher Clayton Conservative
1935 Alan Crosland Graham Conservative
1945 Selwyn Lloyd Conservative
1971 Speaker
1976 b-e David Hunt Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results

1970s

General Election 1979: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David James Fletcher Hunt 44,519 59.0
Labour C. Ryder 21,188 28.1
Liberal R. Barnett 9,769 12.9
Majority 23,331 30.9
Turnout 77.8
Conservative hold Swing
Wirral by-election, 1976
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David James Fletcher Hunt 34,675
Labour Adrian Edward Bailey 10,562
Liberal Michael Gayford 5,914
English National Frank Hansford-Miller 466
Majority 24,112
Turnout
Conservative gain from Swing
General Election October 1974: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 13,488 19.2
Turnout 75.5
General Election February 1974: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 15,847 21.1
Turnout 81.5
General Election 1970: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 16,458 23.5
Turnout 74.2

1960s

General Election 1966: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 9,853 15.06
Turnout 65,414 79.72
General Election 1964: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 14,639 22.84
Turnout 64,103 81.29

1950s

General Election 1959: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 21,002 35.83
Turnout 58,612 82.52
General Election 1955: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 27,051 34.80
Turnout 49,003 76.46
General Election 1951: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 15,239 30.46
Turnout 81.74
General Election 1950: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 13,239 25.84
Turnout 85.92

1940s

General Election 1945: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 16,625 20.09
Turnout 75.40

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;

1930s

General Election 1935: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 25,816 44.96
Turnout 69.67
General Election 1931: Wirral
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 34,758 63.07
Turnout 77.02

1920s

General Election 1929: Wirral[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority
Turnout 78.7
General Election 1924: Wirral[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 6,008 20.4
Turnout 79.0
General Election 1923: Wirral[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 1,840 7.2
Turnout 71.6
General Election 1922: Wirral[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 4,874 19.3 n/a
Turnout 74.0 n/a

1910s

General Election 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

1900s

William Lever
General Election 1906: Wirral[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 1,701 10.6 19.6
Turnout 15,965 82.3 +7.4

References

  1. ^ a b c d British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 Craig, F.W.S. (1983) ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 4)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tiverton
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
1960–1962
Succeeded by
Barnet
Preceded by
Southampton Itchen
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1971–1976
Succeeded by
Cardiff West
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