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Altrincham and Sale (UK Parliament constituency)

Altrincham and Sale was a parliamentary constituency in Greater Manchester, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and existed between 1945 and 1997.

Altrincham and Sale
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Altrincham and Sale in Greater Manchester, showing boundaries used from 1983-1997
County1945–1974: Cheshire
1974–1997: Greater Manchester
Major settlementsAltrincham and Sale
19451997
Number of membersOne
Replaced byAltrincham and Sale West and Wythenshawe and Sale East
Created fromAltrincham

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HistoryEdit

The constituency always elected a Conservative member. From 1945, it was represented by Frederick Erroll, a cabinet minister in Harold Macmillan's government, who was raised to the peerage in 1964. The ensuing by-election (held in 1965) was won by Anthony Barber, who served as Edward Heath's Chancellor of the Exchequer. Barber also entered the House of Lords, and at the October 1974 general election was succeeded by Fergus Montgomery, later Sir Fergus Montgomery. Montgomery held the seat until he retired in 1997.

BoundariesEdit

1945-1983: The Boroughs of Altrincham and Sale.

1983-1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Trafford wards of Altrincham, Bowdon, Broadheath, Brooklands, Hale, Sale Moor, Timperley, and Village.

Altrincham and Sale was created in 1945 from the larger constituency of Altrincham. By the time of its abolition, the constituency consisted of the south-eastern area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, with the main town being Altrincham. It underwent boundary changes only once during its 52-year existence, in 1983.

It was abolished for the 1997 general election, when it was split in a roughly three to one ratio between the new constituencies of Altrincham and Sale West and Wythenshawe and Sale East.[1]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[2] Party Notes
1945 Fred Erroll Conservative Disqualified December 1964 on being raised to the peerage
1965 by-election Anthony Barber Conservative Previously MP for Doncaster 1951-64; Chancellor of the Exchequer 1970-74
Oct 1974 Sir Fergus Montgomery Conservative
1997 Constituency abolished: see Altrincham and Sale West & Wythenshawe and Sale East

ElectionsEdit

Election in the 1940sEdit

General Election 1945: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Erroll 26,656 55.61 N/A
Labour M.C. Joseph 21,275 44.39 N/A
Majority 5,381 11.23 N/A
Turnout 80.3
Conservative win (new seat)

Elections in the 1950sEdit

General Election 1950: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Erroll 30,843 57.41 +1.8
Labour Frank Bibby 16,544 30.79 −13.6
Liberal Lawrence Gordon Bayley 6,340 11.8 N/A
Majority 14,299 26.6
Turnout 88.4
Conservative hold Swing +7.7
General Election 1951: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Erroll 33,987 66.1 +8.7
Labour James Brian O'Hara 17,465 33.9 +3.2
Majority 16,522 32.1
Turnout 84.0
Conservative hold Swing +2.8
General Election 1955: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Erroll 30,586 62.2 −3.9
Labour Trevor Park 12,174 24.8 −9.2
Liberal Donald Fletcher Burden 6,436 13.1 N/A
Majority 18,412 37.4
Turnout 80.0
Conservative hold Swing +2.7
General Election 1959: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Erroll 29,992 56.0 −6.2
Labour Norman Atkinson 14,141 26.4 +1.7
Liberal Donald Fletcher Burden 9,415 17.6 +4.5
Majority 15,851 29.6
Turnout 82.6
Conservative hold Swing −3.9

Elections in the 1960sEdit

General Election 1964: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Erroll 24,982 46.8 −9.2
Labour Roy Roebuck 14,945 28.0 +1.6
Liberal Donald Fletcher Burden 13,429 25.2 +7.6
Majority 10,037 18.8
Turnout 81.9
Conservative hold Swing −5.4
By-election 1965: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Barber 20,380 50.0 +3.2
Labour Roy Roebuck 11,837 29.0 +1.0
Liberal Donald Fletcher Burden 7,898 19.4 −5.8
Independent G.O. Symes 634 1.6 N/A
Majority 8,543 21.0
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing +1.1
General Election 1966: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Barber 24,736 48.0 +1.2
Labour Joyce Cope 17,899 34.7 +6.7
Liberal Alan Cooper 8,891 17.3 −7.9
Majority 6,837 13.3
Turnout 78.0
Conservative hold Swing −5.5

Elections in the 1970sEdit

General Election 1970: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Barber 27,904 53.2 +5.2
Labour Barry E. Jones 16,671 31.8 −3.0
Liberal Lawrence Gordon Bayley 7,875 15.0 −3.3
Majority 11,233 21.4
Turnout 74.1
Conservative hold Swing +4.1
General Election February 1974: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Barber 26,434 44.3 −8.9
Liberal Desmond Blackburn 17,738 29.7 +14.7
Labour Derek Rutherford 15,550 26.0 −5.8
Majority 8,696 14.6
Turnout 82.2
Conservative hold Swing −11.82
General Election October 1974: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Montgomery 23,910 42.8 −1.5
Labour Eric Wood 16,998 30.4 +4.4
Liberal Desmond Blackburn 14,980 26.8 −2.9
Majority 6,912 12.4
Turnout 76.3
Conservative hold Swing −2.9
General Election 1979: Altrincham and Sale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Montgomery 29,873 51.6 +8.8
Labour G Pratt 14,643 25.3 −5.1
Liberal J Campbell 12,603 21.76 −5.0
Ecology C. Marsh 796 1.4 N/A
Majority 15,230 26.3
Turnout 77.7
Conservative hold Swing +4.1

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General Election 1983: Altrincham and Sale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Montgomery 25,321 52.5 +1.0
Liberal B. Clancy 14,410 29.9 +8.1
Labour A. Erwin 7,684 15.9 −9.3
Ecology C. Marsh 629 1.3 −0.1
Independent I.J. Wolstenholme 152 0.3 N/A
Majority 10,911 22.6
Turnout 73.0
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1987: Altrincham and Sale[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Montgomery 27,746 53.5 +0.9
Liberal John Mulholland 13,518 26.1 −3.8
Labour David Hinder 10,617 20.5 +4.5
Majority 14,228 27.4
Turnout 76.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General Election 1992: Altrincham and Sale[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fergus Montgomery 29,066 54.7 +1.2
Labour Mary E. Atherton 12,275 23.1 +2.6
Liberal Democrat John Mulholland 11,601 21.8 −4.2
Natural Law John C. Renwick 212 0.4 N/A
Majority 16,791 31.6 +4.2
Turnout 53,154 80.2 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing −0.7

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.187 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)
  3. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.