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Coatbridge (UK Parliament constituency)

Coatbridge was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) from 1918 to 1950, elected by the first past the post voting system.

Coatbridge
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of ScotlandLanarkshire
19181950
Number of membersOne
Replaced byCoatbridge & Airdrie
Created fromNorth East Lanarkshire

It was formed by the division of Lanarkshire. The name was changed in 1950 to Coatbridge and Airdrie. A later constituency, Coatbridge and Chryston, existed between 1997 and 2005, until it was redrawn as Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.

Contents

BoundariesEdit

The Representation of the People Act 1918 provided that the constituency was to consist of "the burghs of Coatbridge and Airdrie".[1]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election resultsEdit

General election 1918: Coatbridge [3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Unionist Arthur Buchanan 13,188 64.51 N/A
Labour Owen Coyle 7,254 35.49 N/A
Majority 5,934 29.03 N/A
Turnout 20,442 64.78 N/A
Registered electors 31,557
Unionist win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General election 1922: Coatbridge [5][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 12,038 49.01 +13.52
Unionist Arthur Buchanan 9,724 39.59 −24.92
Liberal Daniel Blades 2,802 11.41 N/A
Majority 2,314 9.42 N/A
Turnout 24,564 80.14 +15.36
Registered electors 30,650
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +19.22
General election 1923: Coatbridge [6][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 12,292 55.48 +6.47
Unionist J.B. Young 9,865 44.52 +4.93
Majority 2,427 10.95 +1.53
Turnout 22,157 71.72 −8.42
Registered electors 30,892
Labour hold Swing +0.77
General election 1924: Coatbridge [7][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 12,782 50.11 −5.37
Unionist Thomas Moore 12,725 49.89 +5.37
Majority 57 0.22 −10.73
Turnout 25,507 84.03 +12.31
Registered electors 30,356
Labour hold Swing −5.37
General election 1929: Coatbridge [8][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James C. Welsh 16,879 54.98 +4.87
Unionist Alec Douglas-Home 9,210 30.00 −19.89
Liberal Robert Irvine 4,610 15.02 N/A
Majority 7,669 24.98 +24.76
Turnout 30,699 82.31 −1.72
Registered electors 37,299
Labour hold Swing +12.38
General election 1931: Coatbridge[9][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Templeton 16,223 51.31 +21.31
Labour James C. Welsh 14,722 46.56 −8.42
New Party William Weir Gilmour 674 2.13 N/A
Majority 1,501 4.75 N/A
Turnout 31,619 83.40 +1.09
Registered electors 37,911
Unionist gain from Labour Swing +14.87
General election 1935: Coatbridge [10][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Barr 17,535 57.20 +10.64
Unionist T.D.K. Murray 13,121 42.80 −8.51
Majority 4,414 14.40 N/A
Turnout 30,656 78.55 −4.85
Registered electors 39,029
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +9.58
General election 1945: Coatbridge[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jean Mann 18,619 61.12 +3.92
Unionist Ronald Russell 11,842 38.88 −3.92
Majority 6,777 22.25 +7.85
Turnout 30,461 75.96 −2.59
Registered electors 40,104
Labour hold Swing +3.92

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Representation of the People Act 1918, Schedule 9.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1969). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949. Glasgow: Political Reference Publications. p. 631. ISBN 0-900178-01-9.
  5. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  6. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  7. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  8. ^ The Times, 1 June 1929
  9. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  10. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939