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Dumbarton Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

BoundariesEdit

It consisted of the burghs of Dumbarton and Clydebank in Dunbartonshire. The rest of the county formed the rural (or county) constituency of Dunbartonshire.

HistoryEdit

Before creation of the Dumbarton Burghs constituency the burgh of Dumbarton had formed part of the constituency of Kilmarnock Burghs, and Clydebank had been within the Dunbartonshire county constituency. When Dumbarton Burghs was abolished the whole county of Dunbartonshire was re-organised into two new county constituencies, Dunbartonshire East and Dunbartonshire West.

For almost all of its history Dumbarton Burghs was represented by David Kirkwood of the Labour Party, an important Red Clydesider. The only exception was 1918 to 1922, when it was represented by John Taylor, a supporter of David Lloyd George's coalition government.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[1] Party
1918 John Taylor Coalition Liberal
1922 David Kirkwood, later Baron Kirkwood Labour
1950 constituency abolished

Election resultsEdit

General election 1918: Dumbarton Burghs[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal John Taylor 11,734 52.62 N/A
Labour David Kirkwood 10,566 47.38 N/A
Majority 1,168 5.24 N/A
Turnout 22,300 70.40 N/A
Registered electors 31,678
Liberal win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
General election 1922: Dumbarton Burghs [4][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kirkwood 16,397 64.29 +16.91
National Liberal John Taylor 9,107 35.71 −16.91
Majority 7,290 28.58 N/A
Turnout 25,504 76.22 +5.82
Registered electors 33,463
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +16.91
General election 1923: Dumbarton Burghs[4][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kirkwood 13,472 61.26 −3.03
Unionist Walter Black Munro 8,520 38.74 N/A
Majority 4,952 22.52 −6.06
Turnout 21,992 67.98 −8.24
Registered electors 32,349
Labour hold Swing −3.03
General election 1924: Dumbarton Burghs[5][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kirkwood 14,562 59.22 −2.04
Unionist Walter Black Munro 10,027 40.78 +2.04
Majority 4,535 18.44 −4.08
Turnout 24,589 76.14 +8.16
Registered electors 32,293
Labour hold Swing −3.03
General election 1929: Dumbarton Burghs [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kirkwood 19,193 63.10 +3.88
Unionist Charles Milne 11,225 36.90 −3.88
Majority 7,968 26.20 +7.76
Turnout 30,418 77.06 +0.92
Registered electors 39,474
Labour hold Swing +3.88
General election 1931: Dumbarton Burghs[6][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Labour David Kirkwood 16,335 51.57 −11.53
Unionist MJ McCracken 15,338 48.43 +11.53
Majority 997 3.15 −23.05
Turnout 31,673 80.69 +3.63
Registered electors 39,253
Independent Labour gain from Labour Swing −11.53
General election 1935: Dumbarton Burghs [7][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kirkwood 20,409 65.17 +13.60
Unionist MJ McCracken 10,909 34.83 −13.60
Majority 9,500 30.33 +27.18
Turnout 31,318 78.80 −1.89
Registered electors 39,744
Labour gain from Independent Labour Swing +13.60
General election 1945: Dumbarton Burghs [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Kirkwood 16,262 65.21 +0.04
Unionist John Richardson 8,676 34.79 −0.04
Majority 7,586 30.42 +0.09
Turnout 24,938 73.20 −5.60
Registered electors 34,067
Labour hold Swing +0.04

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 4)
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  3. ^ 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. 576. ISBN 0-900178-01-9.
  4. ^ a b The Times, 8 December 1923
  5. ^ Oliver and Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939