New Forest and Christchurch (UK Parliament constituency)

New Forest and Christchurch was a county constituency in Hampshire which elected one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1918 general election, partially replacing the previous New Forest constituency, and was abolished for the 1950 general election, when it was partially replaced by a recreated New Forest constituency.

New Forest and Christchurch
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181950
Number of membersone
Replaced byNew Forest and Bournemouth East and Christchurch
Created fromNew Forest and Bournemouth

BoundariesEdit

The Boroughs of Christchurch, Lymington, and Romsey, and the Rural Districts of Christchurch, Fordingbridge, Lymington, New Forest, Ringwood, and Romsey.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member Party Notes
1918 Walter Frank Perkins Conservative
1922 Wilfrid Ashley Conservative Resigned January 1932 on being raised to the peerage
1932 by-election John Mills Conservative
1945 Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre Conservative Subsequently, MP for New Forest
1950 constituency abolished: see New Forest & Bournemouth East and Christchurch

Election resultsEdit

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General election 1918: New Forest and Christchurch[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
C Unionist Walter Frank Perkins Unopposed
Unionist hold
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1920sEdit

General election 1922: New Forest and Christchurch[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Wilfrid Ashley Unopposed
Unionist hold
General election 1923: New Forest and Christchurch[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Wilfrid Ashley 13,900 53.9 N/A
Liberal Alexander Boulton 11,889 46.1 New
Majority 2,011 7.8 N/A
Turnout 25,789 68.8 N/A
Registered electors 37,475
Unionist hold Swing N/A
General election 1924: New Forest and Christchurch[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Wilfrid Ashley 17,945 64.6 +10.7
Liberal Alexander Boulton 6,681 24.1 −22.0
Labour C Lincoln Brighton 3,137 11.3 New
Majority 11,264 40.5 +32.7
Turnout 27,763 71.4 +2.6
Registered electors 38,905
Unionist hold Swing +16.4
General election 1929: New Forest and Christchurch[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Wilfrid Ashley 22,122 55.5 −9.1
Liberal Marcus Cheke 11,520 28.9 +4.8
Labour G W Austin 6,206 15.6 +4.3
Majority 10,602 26.6 −13.9
Turnout 39,848 72.6 +1.2
Registered electors 53,884
Unionist hold Swing −7.0

Elections in the 1930sEdit

General election 1931: New Forest and Christchurch[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Wilfrid Ashley 35,544 83.3 +27.8
Labour Frank Stainer 7,130 16.7 +1.1
Majority 28,414 66.6 +40.0
Turnout 47,067 71.9 -0.7
Conservative hold Swing
1932 New Forest and Christchurch by-election[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Mills 23,327 82.0 -1.3
Ind. Labour Party C. A. Smith 5,135 18.0 New
Majority 18,192 64.0 -2.6
Turnout 28,462 48.0 -23.9
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1935: New Forest and Christchurch[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Mills 32,209 74.8 -8.5
Labour CM Wadham 10,876 25.2 +8.5
Majority 21,333 49.6 -17.0
Turnout 43,085 64.5 -7.4
Conservative hold Swing

General Election 1939/40: Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940sEdit

General election 1945: New Forest and Christchurch[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre 31,888 50.9 -23.9
Labour Horace King 22,478 35.9 +10.7
Independent Liberal John W Howlett 8,299 13.2 New
Majority 9,410 15.0 -34.6
Turnout 62,665 71.3 +6.8
Conservative hold Swing

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. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  7. ^ Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1969). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949. Glasgow: Political Reference Publications. p. 366. ISBN 0-900178-01-9.
  8. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  9. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1939
  10. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig