Altrincham (UK Parliament constituency)
Altrincham was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 to 1945. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||one|
|Replaced by||Altrincham and Sale, Bucklow and Knutsford|
|Created from||Mid Cheshire|
The constituency was created in 1885 from the much larger East Cheshire Constituency, and redefined in 1918, to cover the urban districts of Altrincham, Ashton upon Mersey, Bowdon, Cheadle and Gatley, Hale, Handforth, Lymm and Sale, and part of the rural district of Bucklow, all in Cheshire.
In 1945, the constituency was redistributed, as its electorate exceeded 100,000 and was officially deemed overlarge. The Boundary Commission for England was instructed by Parliament to divide the larger seats (which sometimes affected neighbouring constituencies). This was an interim measure before the Boundary Commission reviewed the whole country later in the decade in the first general review. In the case of the Altrincham area two seats, this one and Knutsford were re-arranged into three seats. In addition to a modified Knutsford, the towns of Altrincham and Sale became a new borough constituency of Altrincham and Sale, with the remainder of the old division largely forming the new Bucklow county constituency.
Members of ParliamentEdit
- Constituency created (1885)
Elections in the 1880sEdit
|Liberal||Isaac Saunders Leadam||4,046||45.7||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Brooks' death caused a by-election.
|Conservative||William Cunliffe Brooks||4,508||53.5||−0.8|
|Liberal||Isaac Saunders Leadam||3,925||46.5||+0.8|
|Conservative||William Cunliffe Brooks||Unopposed|
Elections in the 1890sEdit
|Liberal||Isaac Saunders Leadam||4,258||45.7||n/a|
|Liberal||Alexander Mere Latham||3,889||42.5||−3.2|
Elections in the 1900sEdit
|Liberal||E F Alford||4,177||42.4||−0.1|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+17.1|
Elections in the 1910sEdit
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing|
|Liberal||Lawrence Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth||8,147||46.4||-3.2|
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 and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
- Unionist: Collingwood George Clements Hamilton
- Liberal: Edward Powell
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
Elections in the 1920sEdit
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+14.9|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+15.2|
Elections in the 1930sEdit
- Percentage change and swing are calculated from 1929.
Elections in the 1940sEdit
A General Election was due to take place before the end of 1940, but was postponed due to the Second World War. By 1939, the following candidates had been selected to contest this constituency;
- Conservative: Edward Grigg
- Labour: C F C Donnelly
- Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984.
- The Liberal Year Book, 1907
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
- ‘LEADAM, Isaac Saunders’, 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 1 Oct 2017
- British parliamentary election results, 1885–1918 (Craig)
- British parliamentary election results, 1918–1949 (Craig)
- British parliamentary election results 1918–1949, Craig, F. W. S.