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Kennington (UK Parliament constituency)

Kennington was a borough constituency centred on the Kennington district of South London. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Kennington
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18851950
Number of membersone
Replaced byVauxhall and Brixton
Created fromLambeth

The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1950 general election.

In 1918 Alice Theresa Lucas became the first woman to stand as a Conservative party candidate. She took 32.2% of the vote and came second to the Liberal candidate Henry Purchase. She would have been the first woman MP if she had been elected.[1]

Kennington in London 1885–1918
Kennington in London 1918–49
Lambeth Met. B Ward Map 1916.svg

Contents

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election resultsEdit

Elections in the 1940sEdit

General election 1945: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Charles Gibson 12,910 70.2
Conservative S.H. Stanley 5,471 29.8
Majority 7,439 40.4
Turnout 29,529 62.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1930sEdit

1939 Kennington by-election: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilmot 10,715 60.1 +11.2
Conservative A. Kennedy 7,119 39.9 -11.2
Majority 3,596 20.2
Turnout 43,907 40.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General election 1935: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Harvey 12,401 51.1
Labour Leonard Matters 11,856 48.9
Majority 545 2.2
Turnout 43,583 55.7
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1931: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Harvey 18,371 64.3
Labour Leonard Matters 10,188 35.7
Majority 8,183 28.6
Turnout 46,600 61.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920sEdit

General election 1929: Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leonard Matters 15,477 55.7 +12.0
Unionist George Harvey 12,328 44.3 −12.0
Majority 3,149 11.4 N/A
Turnout 27,805 60.1 −10.2
Registered electors 46,290
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +12.0
General election 1924: Lambeth, Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist George Harvey 14,898 56.3 +19.5
Labour Thomas Williams 11,572 43.7 +4.5
Majority 3,326 12.6 N/A
Turnout 26,470 70.3 +12.7
Registered electors 37,629
Unionist gain from Labour Swing +7.5
 
Jacobsen
General election 1923: Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Williams 8,292 39.2 +3.1
Unionist Reginald Blair 7,782 36.8 −10.5
Liberal Thomas Owen Jacobsen 5,075 24.0 +7.4
Majority 510 2.4 N/A
Turnout 21,149 57.6 −0.8
Registered electors 36,729
Labour gain from Unionist Swing +6.8
 
Gosling
General election 1922: Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Francis Harrison 10,081 47.3 +15.1
Labour Harry Gosling 7,670 36.1 +10.7
National Liberal Henry Purchase 3,522 16.6 −25.8
Majority 2,411 11.2 N/A
Turnout 21,273 58.4 +28.7
Registered electors 36,451
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +20.5

Elections in the 1910sEdit

 
Purchase
General election 1918: Kennington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal Henry Purchase 4,705 42.4 −5.2
Unionist Alice Lucas 3,573 32.2 −14.7
Labour William Glennie 2,817 25.4 N/A
Majority 1,132 10.2 +9.5
Turnout 11,095 29.7 −44.5
Registered electors 37,322
Liberal hold Swing +4.8
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
 
Collins
General election December 1910: Lambeth, Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Stephen Collins 3,565 47.6 −4.7
Conservative Francis Lucas 3,510 46.9 −0.8
Independent Labour Victor Grayson 408 5.5 N/A
Majority 55 0.7 −3.9
Turnout 7,483 74.2 −6.2
Registered electors 10,088
Liberal hold Swing −2.0
General election January 1910: Lambeth, Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Stephen Collins 4,246 52.3 −8.0
Conservative Francis Lucas 3,865 47.7 +8.0
Majority 381 4.6 −16.0
Turnout 8,111 80.4 +6.3
Registered electors 10,088
Liberal hold Swing -8.0

Elections in the 1900sEdit

 
Collins
General election 1906: Lambeth, Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Stephen Collins 4,639 60.3 +24.8
Conservative Frederick Cook 3,054 39.7 −24.8
Majority 1,585 20.6 N/A
Turnout 7,693 74.1 +11.8
Registered electors 10,382
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +24.8
General election 1900: Lambeth, Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Cook 4,195 64.5 +12.7
Liberal Walter Essex 2,309 35.5 −2.6
Majority 1,886 29.0 +15.3
Turnout 6,504 62.3 −9.5
Registered electors 10,432
Conservative hold Swing +7.7

Elections in the 1890sEdit

General election 1895: Lambeth, Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Cook 3,764 51.8 +6.1
Liberal Mark Beaufoy 2,769 38.1 −16.2
Independent Liberal William Wightman 730 10.1 N/A
Majority 995 13.7 N/A
Turnout 7,263 71.8 −4.3
Registered electors 10,117
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +11.2
General election 1892: Lambeth, Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Mark Beaufoy 3,860 54.3 +7.9
Conservative Ferdinand Begg 3,253 45.7 −7.9
Majority 607 8.6 N/A
Turnout 7,113 76.1 +3.8
Registered electors 9,348
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +7.9

Elections in the 1880sEdit

By-election, 15 Mar 1889: Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Mark Hanbury Beaufoy 4,069 54.2 +7.8
Conservative Philip Beresford-Hope[3] 3,439 45.8 −7.8
Majority 630 8.4 N/A
Turnout 7,508 84.2 +11.9
Registered electors 8,920
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +7.8
General election 1886: Lambeth, Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Gent-Davis 3,222 53.6 +1.0
Liberal Mark Hanbury Beaufoy 2,792 46.4 −0.5
Majority 430 7.2 +1.5
Turnout 6,014 72.3 −4.4
Registered electors 8,313
Conservative hold Swing +0.8
General election 1885: Lambeth, Kennington[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Gent-Davis 3,351 52.6 N/A
Liberal John O'Connor Power 2,991 46.9 N/A
Social Democratic Federation John Fielding 32 0.5 N/A
Majority 360 5.7 N/A
Turnout 6,374 76.7 N/A
Registered electors 8,313
Conservative win (new seat)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lucas [née Stern], Alice Theresa (1853–1924), parliamentary candidate | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". www.oxforddnb.com. doi:10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.112246. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885–1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984.
  3. ^ "Kennington Election". Nottingham Evening Post. 16 March 1889. p. 4. Retrieved 2 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.