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Birmingham Aston (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°48′N 1°47′W / 53.8°N 1.79°W / 53.8; -1.79

Birmingham Aston was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. From 1918 to 1974 it elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.

Birmingham Aston
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
CountyWest Midlands
Major settlementsAston
19181974 (1974)
Number of membersOne
Replaced byBirmingham Handsworth and Birmingham Erdington
Created fromAston Manor

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HistoryEdit

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, when the boundaries of the city of Birmingham had been expanded. One of the areas included in the city's expansion was the Aston area, which had formerly been part of Warwickshire. From 1885 to 1918, Aston Manor was a borough constituency in Warwickshire.

BoundariesEdit

1918-1950: Parts of the County Borough of Birmingham wards of All Saints', Aston, Lozells, and St Mary's. The newly created seat was smaller and more the northern part of central Birmingham than Aston Manor had been.

1950-1955: The County Borough of Birmingham wards of Aston, Lozells, and St Paul's.

1955-1974: The County Borough of Birmingham wards of Aston, Gravelley Hill, and Stockland Green. The latter two wards had formerly been part of Birmingham Erdington. St Paul's ward became part of Birmingham Ladywood. Lozells ward was transferred to Birmingham Handsworth.

In the 1974 redistribution, this constituency disappeared. Aston ward became part of Birmingham Handsworth, while Gravelley Hill and Stockland Green wards became part of Birmingham Erdington.

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General election 1918: Birmingham Aston [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Evelyn Cecil 9,997 62.4
Labour William Banfield 4,451 27.8
NFDDSS James Henry Dooley 1,561 9.8
Majority 5,546 34.6
Turnout 45.2
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920sEdit

General election 1922: Birmingham Aston [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Evelyn Cecil 15,913 60.8 −1.6
Labour Joe Cotter 10,279 39.2 +11.4
Majority 5,634 21.6 −13.0
Turnout 26,192 72.5 +27.3
Registered electors 36,113
Unionist hold Swing −6.5
General election 1923: Birmingham Aston [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Evelyn Cecil 13,291 56.2 −4.6
Labour P. Bower 7,541 31.8 −7.4
Liberal Joseph Conyers Tillotson 2,846 12.0 N/A
Majority 5,750 24.4 +2.8
Turnout 23,678 65.0 −7.5
Registered electors 36,416
Unionist hold Swing +1.4
General election 1924: Birmingham Aston [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Evelyn Cecil 14,244 54.6 −1.6
Labour John Strachey 11,859 45.4 +13.6
Majority 2,385 9.2 −15.2
Turnout 26,103 71.7 +6.7
Registered electors 36,391
Unionist hold Swing −7.6
General election 1929: Birmingham Aston [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Strachey 18,672 52.2 +6.8
Unionist John Whiteley 17,114 47.8 −6.8
Majority 1,558 4.4 N/A
Turnout 35,786 78.3 +6.6
Registered electors 45,687
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +6.8

Elections in the 1930sEdit

General election 1931: Birmingham Aston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Hope 22,959 70.9
Labour T. J. May 6,212 19.2
Independent John Strachey 3,236 10.0
Majority 16,747 51.7
Turnout 73.5
General election 1935: Birmingham Aston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Hope 18,933 68.8
Labour Rudolph Putnam Messel 8,578 31.2
Majority 10,355 37.6
Turnout 64.5
1939 Birmingham Aston by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Kellett 12,033
Labour Samuel Segal 6,122
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940sEdit

1943 Birmingham Aston by-election[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Redvers Prior 6,316
Common Wealth Gilbert Hall 1,886 21.6
Independent Samuel Henry Davis 515
Majority 4,430
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1945: Birmingham Aston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Woodrow Wyatt 15,031 61,9
Conservative Frederick Bruce Normansell 9,264 38.1
Majority 5,767 23.7
Turnout 67.75
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950sEdit

General election 1950: Birmingham Aston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Woodrow Wyatt 28,867 60.8
Conservative Charles Doughty 16,826 35.4
Liberal Arthur Embrey 1,487 3.1
Independent SW Keatley 338 0.7
Majority 12,041 25.3
Turnout 78.4
Labour hold Swing
General election 1951: Birmingham Aston[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Woodrow Wyatt 27,899 62.6
Conservative Clement Sweet 16,136 36.2
Independent SW Keatley 545 1.2
Majority 11,763 26.4
Turnout 74.6
Labour hold Swing
General election 1955: Birmingham Aston[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julius Silverman 25,546 59.7
Conservative Frances Vale 17,284 40.4
Majority 8,262 19.3
Turnout 71.6
Labour hold Swing
General election 1959: Birmingham Aston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julius Silverman 21,518 53.1
Conservative Anthony Beaumont-Dark 18,894 46.8
Majority 2,534 6.3
Turnout 70.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960sEdit

General election 1964: Birmingham Aston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julius Silverman 19,512 54.7
Conservative Anthony Beaumont-Dark 16,146 45.3
Majority 3,366 9.4
Turnout 65.4
Labour hold Swing
General election 1966: Birmingham Aston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julius Silverman 20,716 60.9
Conservative Joe R Kinsey 13,316 39.1
Majority 7,400 21.7
Turnout 64.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970sEdit

General election 1970: Birmingham Aston
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julius Silverman 15,456 55.1
Conservative Arthur A Hill 11,894 42.4
British Movement Colin Jordan 704 2.5
Majority 3,562 12.7
Turnout 58.8
Labour hold Swing

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  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. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  6. ^ Birmingham Daily Post. 11 June 1943 http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000619/19430611/139/0004 – via British Newspaper Archive. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press, revised edition 1977)
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1983)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume III 1919-1945, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1979)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume IV 1945-1979, edited by M. Stenton and S. Lees (Harvester Press 1981)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)