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Swindon (UK Parliament constituency)


Swindon was a parliamentary constituency in the town of Swindon in Wiltshire, England

It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from the 1918 general election until it was abolished for the 1997 general election

It was then replaced by the two new constituencies of North Swindon and South Swindon

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Boundaries
  • 3 Members of Parliament
  • 4 Elections
    • 41 Election in the 1910s
    • 42 Elections in the 1920s
    • 43 Elections in the 1930s
    • 44 Elections in the 1940s
    • 45 Elections in the 1950s
    • 46 Elections in the 1960s
    • 47 Elections in the 1970s
    • 48 Elections in the 1980s
    • 49 Elections in the 1990s
  • 5 See also
  • 6 Notes and references

History

Boundaries

1918-1950: The Municipal Borough of Swindon, and part of the Rural District of Highworth

1950-1983: The Municipal Borough of Swindon

1983-1997: The Borough of Thamesdown wards of Central, Dorcan, Eastcott, Gorse Hill, Lawns, Moredon, Park, Toothill, Walcot, Western, and Whitworth

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1918 Sir Frederick William Young Coalition Conservative
1922 Sir Reginald Mitchell Banks Conservative
1929 Christopher Addison Labour
1931 Sir Reginald Mitchell Banks Conservative
1934 by-election Christopher Addison Labour
1935 Wavell Wakefield Conservative
1945 Thomas Reid Labour
1955 Francis Noel-Baker Labour
1969 by-election Christopher Ward Conservative
1970 David Stoddart Labour
1983 Simon Coombs Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Swindon South and Swindon North

Elections

Election in the 1910s

General Election 1918: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Frederick William Young 10,180 484 N/A
Labour Joseph Compton 8,393 399 N/A
Liberal H Walker 2,460 117 N/A
Majority 1,787 85 N/A
Turnout 21,033 670 N/A
Registered electors 31,406
Unionist win new seat
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government

Elections in the 1920s

General Election 1922: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Reginald Mitchell Banks 14,886 564 +80
Labour Joseph Compton 11,502 436 +37
Majority 3,384 128 +43
Turnout 26,388 800 +130
Registered electors 33,000
Unionist hold Swing +22
General Election 1923: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Reginald Mitchell Banks 12,625 451 −113
Labour Holford Knight 9,121 326 −110
Liberal Walter Leslie Rocke 6,231 223 N/A
Majority 3,504 125 −03
Turnout 27,977 828 +08
Registered electors 33,787
Unionist hold Swing −02
General Election 1924: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Reginald Mitchell Banks 15,602 551 +100
Labour RH Tawney 12,698 449 +123
Majority 2,904 102 −23
Turnout 28,300 810 −18
Registered electors 34,938
Unionist hold Swing −12
General Election 1929: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christopher Addison 16,885 436 −13
Unionist Reginald Mitchell Banks 14,724 381 −170
Liberal Frank Crane Thornborough 7,060 183 N/A
Majority 2,161 55 N/A
Turnout 38,669 855 +45
Registered electors 45,250
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +79

Elections in the 1930s

General Election 1931: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reginald Mitchell Banks 22,756 5589
Labour Christopher Addison 17,962 4411
Majority 4,794 1177
Turnout 8553
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Swindon by-election, 1934
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christopher Addison 20,902 534 +83
Conservative Wavell Wakefield 18,253 466 -83
Majority 2,649 68 -50
Turnout 818 -37
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1935: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Wavell Wakefield 20,732 5120
Labour Christopher Addison 19,757 4880
Majority 975 241
Turnout 8426
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1945: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Reid 27,545 6234
Conservative AM Gibb 16,641 3766
Majority 10,904 2468
Turnout 7390
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General Election 1950: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Reid 21,976 5147
Conservative Geoffrey Tritton 13,697 3208
Liberal Doreen Gorsky 6,726 1575
Communist Irving Gradwell 295 069
Majority 8,279 1939
Turnout 8719
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Reid 23,980 5702
Conservative Geoffrey Tritton 18,072 4298
Majority 5,908 1405
Turnout 8900
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Francis Noel-Baker 21,926 5493
Conservative Patrick William Medd 17,987 4507
Majority 3,939 987
Turnout 8002
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Francis Noel-Baker 24,087 5442
Conservative Gordon L Pears 20,178 4558
Majority 3,909 883
Turnout 7999
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General Election 1964: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Francis Noel-Baker 26,464 6006
Conservative Norman George Reece 16,651 3779
Communist Irving Gradwell 944 214
Majority 9,813 2227
Turnout 7477
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1966: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Francis Noel-Baker 25,966 6135
Conservative Norman George Reece 15,523 3667
Communist Irving Gradwell 838 198
Majority 10,443 2467
Turnout 7351
Labour hold Swing
Swindon by-election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christopher Ward 16,843 4173 +506
Labour David Stoddart 16,365 4054 -2081
Liberal Christopher Layton 6,193 1534 N/A
Communist Judith Gradwell 518 128 -070
Young Socialist Frank Willis 446 110 N/A
Majority 478 119
Turnout 40,365
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election 1970: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Stoddart 25,731 5552 -583
Conservative Christopher Ward 20,155 4349 +682
Communist Judith Gradwell 456 098 -100
Majority 5,576 1203 -1264
Turnout 46,342 7549
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Stoddart 24,093 4792
Conservative GCM Young 15,384 3060
Liberal R Hubbard 10,564 2101
Workers Revolutionary K Blakeney 240 048
Majority 8,709 1732
Turnout 8089
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Stoddart 24,124 5184
Conservative JN Gripper 13,854 2977
Liberal R Hubbard 8,349 1794
Workers Revolutionary K Blakeney 206 044
Majority 10,270 2207
Turnout 7398
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1979: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Stoddart 25,218 5019
Conservative N Hammond 19,319 3845
Liberal G Collis 5,709 1136
Majority 5,899 1174
Turnout 7641
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1983: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Coombs 22,310 3916
Labour David Stoddart 20,915 3671
SDP–Liberal Alliance DJ Scott 13,743 2412
Majority 1,395 245
Turnout 7415
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1987: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Coombs 29,385 4384
Labour G Johnston 24,528 3659
SDP–Liberal Alliance DJ Scott 13,114 1957
Majority 4,857 725
Turnout 7780
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1992: Swindon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Coombs 31,749 433 −06
Labour JP D’Avila 28,923 394 +28
Liberal Democrat SR Cordon 11,737 160 −36
Green JV Hughes 647 09 +09
Raving Loony Green Giant CR Gillard 236 03 +03
Independent VF Farrar 78 01 +01
Majority 2,826 39 −34
Turnout 73,370 815 +37
Conservative hold Swing −17

See also

  • List of Parliamentary constituencies in Wiltshire

Notes and references

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" part 6
  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. ^ ‘ROCKE, Col Walter Leslie’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 22 Sept 2017
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  8. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-49, p498
  9. ^ ‘MEDD, His Honour Patrick William’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 22 Sept 2017
  10. ^ "Election Data 1983" Electoral Calculus Archived from the original on 15 October 2011 Retrieved 28 June 2017 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1987" Electoral Calculus Archived from the original on 15 October 2011 Retrieved 28 June 2017 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1992" Electoral Calculus Archived from the original on 15 October 2011 Retrieved 28 June 2017 
  13. ^ "Politics Resources" Election 1992 Politics Resources 9 April 1992 Retrieved 6 Dec 2010 


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