Bridlington (UK Parliament constituency)

Bridlington was a constituency in East Yorkshire, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1950 until it was abolished for the 1997 general election. It was named after the town of Bridlington.

Bridlington
Former constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Bridlington in Humberside, showing boundaries used from 1983–1997
County1950–1974 East Riding of Yorkshire
1974–1996 Humberside
1996–1997 East Riding of Yorkshire
19501997
Number of membersOne
Replaced byBeverley and Holderness and East Yorkshire
Created fromBuckrose and Holderness

It returned one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first-past-the-post voting system.

HistoryEdit

The constituency was created in 1950 from the former seat of Buckrose. It was abolished in 1997 and most of its territory transferred to the East Yorkshire seat.

BoundariesEdit

1950–1955: The Municipal Boroughs of Bridlington and Hedon, the Urban Districts of Driffield, Filey, Hornsea, and Withernsea, and the Rural Districts of Bridlington, Driffield, and Holderness.

1955–1983: The Municipal Boroughs of Bridlington and Hedon, the Urban Districts of Filey, Hornsea, and Withernsea, and the Rural Districts of Bridlington and Holderness.[1] The two Driffield districts were transferred to the new Howden constituency.

1983–1997: The Borough of East Yorkshire wards of Bridlington Bessingby, Bridlington Hilderthorpe, Bridlington Old Town East, Bridlington Old Town West, Bridlington Quay North, Bridlington Quay South, Coastal, Driffield North, Driffield South, Hutton Cranswick, Lowland, Nafferton, Roman, St John, and Viking, and the Borough of Holderness.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[2] Party
1950 Richard Wood Conservative
1979 John Townend Conservative
1997 constituency abolished

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1950sEdit

General election 1950: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 26,124 50.9
Liberal George Wadsworth 16,158 31.5
Labour Wilfrid Pashby 9,013 17.6
Majority 9,966 19.4
Turnout 5,1295 81.9
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1951: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 30,576 61.09
Labour Gerard McQuade 12,931 25.83
Liberal Douglas Eugene Moore 6,546 13.08
Majority 17,645 35.26
Turnout 50,053 78.38
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1955: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 25,880 70.92
Labour Kathleen M Roberts 10,614 29.08
Majority 15,266 41.84
Turnout 36,494 69.40
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1959: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 27,438 73.20
Labour Harry Moor 10,047 26.80
Majority 17,391 46.40
Turnout 37,485 68.15
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960sEdit

General election 1964: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 22,729 56.50
Labour Kevin MacNamara 9,002 22.38
Liberal John J MacCallum 8,494 21.12 New
Majority 13,727 34.12
Turnout 40,225 72.78
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1966: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 21,976 54.58
Labour John Tomlinson 11,939 29.65
Liberal Trevor Silverwood 6,349 15.77
Majority 10,037 24.93
Turnout 40,264 71.47
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970sEdit

General election 1970: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 25,053 58.10
Labour Harold A. Clarke 11,546 26.79
Liberal Trevor Silverwood 6,495 15.07
Majority 13,507 31.31
Turnout 43,094 68.64
Conservative hold Swing
General election February 1974: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 25,711 51.21
Liberal JMS Cherry 14,715 29.31
Labour AAW Dix 9,780 19.48
Majority 10,996 21.90
Turnout 50,206 76.91
Conservative hold Swing
General election October 1974: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Wood 21,901 49.07
Liberal JMS Cherry 11,795 26.43
Labour AAW Dix 9,946 22.29
National Front F Day 987 2.21 New
Majority 10,106 22.64
Turnout 44,629 67.87
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1979: Bridlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Townend 27,988 54.80
Labour PJ Doyle 12,693 24.85
Liberal D Horsley 10,390 20.34
Majority 15,295 29.95
Turnout 51,071 74.18
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1983: Bridlington[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Townend 31,284 57.79
SDP E Martin 14,675 27.11 New
Labour M Craven 7,370 13.61
Ecology Stephen Tooke 803 1.48 New
Majority 16,609 30.68
Turnout 54,132 70.56
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1987: Bridlington[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Townend 32,351 54.82
SDP Edmund Marshall 15,030 25.47
Labour Leonard Bird 10,653 18.05
Green Richard Myerscough 983 1.67
Majority 17,321 29.35
Turnout 59,017 73.66
Conservative hold Swing

Election in the 1990sEdit

General election 1992: Bridlington[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Townend 33,604 50.8 −4.0
Liberal Democrats John A. Leeman 17,246 26.1 +0.6
Labour Steven M. Hatfield 15,263 23.1 +5.1
Majority 16,358 24.7 −4.6
Turnout 66,113 77.8 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing −2.3

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1972). Boundaries of parliamentary constituencies 1985-1972. Chichester, Sussex: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-09-4.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
  3. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 54°04′59″N 0°11′31″W / 54.083°N 0.192°W / 54.083; -0.192